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What Makes Muscles Stiff
I have got a numbness in left jaw area for about one month ago and i already have neck stiffness which lead to shoulder and muscle pain what to do?
It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more
Hot bath: When muscles are stiff they need to discharge the chemicals that build up during work. Heat, hot shower, hot bath encourages blood vessels to expand and increased flow helps carry away the debris. This and gentle stretching will help. The real trouble is you are working the muscles only on the weekends. If you did light exercise between you would become less stiff. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
NS Controls Muscles: Complex: only heart muscle contracts without brain/nervous commands, though ~110 BPM & constantly adjusted from brain split-second. All other muscles only contract after neurotransmitters are released at muscle membrane. Thus ns always plays a dominant role, along with blood supply, electrolytes, hydration, (all regulated by brain), metabolic products remaining in muscle after exercise/injury etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stretch!: If stiffness is due to muscle tightness/imbalance a good stretching program can be helpful. Be mindful of your posture in both sitting and standing. It could also be due to arthritic changes in the back. If associated with pain, persistent stiffness, do see your doctor. A physical therapist can be helpful in designing a stretching program once you have an appropriate diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stretching: I your muscles are stiff, stretching exercises are best in my opinion. I usually recommend that people get some blood flow to their muscles first by doing some aerobic activity first like brisk walking, bike, eliptical etc and then when they are sufficiently warmed up can do stretching. Yoga is also a terrific way to deal with stiff muscles. ...Read more
It depends: Could be from multiple causes not limited to your medical conditions and or your medications. Check with your doctor and get some labwork done. ...Read more
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