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Doctor insights on: What Makes Muscles Stiff

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Muscle (Definition)

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


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Stiffness in my muscles after a weekend of yardwork. How to loosen up?

Stiffness in my muscles after a weekend of yardwork. How to loosen up?

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 more

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What does muscle stiffness come from?

What does muscle stiffness come from?

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 more

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I am having extreme muscle pain and stiffness?

I am having extreme muscle pain and stiffness?

Needs evaluation: Needs rheumatologic evaluation for medication side effect, inflammatory muscle disease, low thyroid function, etc. ...Read more

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Back muscle stiffness?

Back muscle stiffness?

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 more

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What's the best form of rehab for muscle stiffness?

What's the best form of rehab for muscle stiffness?

It depends on the...: It depends on the condition to be treated, taking into consideration co-morbidities, contraindications, goals. There are several options such as tretching, range of motion exercises, serial casting, strengthening program, therapeutic heat, massage, neuromodulation (i.e TENS), orthotics, medications (i.e baclofen, zanaflex), botulinum toxin injections (i.e type A and B), surgery (tendon releases) ...Read more

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I have muscle stiffness and weakness, what is causing this?

I have muscle stiffness and weakness, what is causing this?

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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What causes back muscle stiffness an a feeling of off balance?

What causes back muscle stiffness an a feeling of off balance?

Achilles equinis: Sometimes your achilles tendon can be too tight (equinis) which can make your muscles stiffness and can cause you to feel off balance. There is also other causes of muscle stiffness. See your physician for a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Muscle stiffness directly from stress/toxins: what stops this or detoxifies the body?

Muscle stiffness directly from stress/toxins: what stops this or detoxifies the body?

The myth of detox: There is no such thing as "detoxifying the body." It's a myth. Don't be duped by detox hucksters. The body produces 1000s of chemicals all exquisitely coordinated & balanced. There are 100s of interlinked metabolic pathways all of finely tuned specificity. The notion of "detoxifying" this superbly complex system is nonsense. The notion of "stress" as the cause of all bad symptoms is also bunk. ...Read more

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Why do I get extreme muscle stiffness even when I try to relax or when I'm sitting, even I feel I walk awkward.

Good question: The answer requires more information, perhaps objective data (exam, EMG, lab tests etc) Medications can cause muscle stiffness and when they do its a serious matter. Stiffness of muscles is a presenting sign of many neurologic conditions (Parkinson's disease being the most common) Pounding heart beat, sweating, headache and the fact that you have been prescribed Propranolol brings suggests anxiety ...Read more

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How can I combat the muscle stiffness from geodon?

How can I combat the muscle stiffness from geodon?

Anti-spasmodics: Depending on the severity and the functional impact of your muscle stiffness, you may need to change to another serotonin/dopamine antagonist. If that is undesirable, then having your doctor add a muscle relaxer (anti-spasmodic) such as metaxalone or orphenadrine to block stiffness and spasms of muscles. ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce my muscle stiffness and also soreness?

What can I do to reduce my muscle stiffness and also soreness?

Rest, heat: Muscle "stiffness" after exercise is due to metabolite build up. This occurs when the work the muscle does exceeds the rate of oxygen supplied. It occurs during strength more than endurance training, that is when "bulking up". The real answer is to go more slowly in your training. But heat, massage and if very sore judicial use of an anti inflammatory such as advil or Aleve (naproxen) will help. ...Read more

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So antipsychotics cause deep muscle stiffness or surface muscle stiffness?

So antipsychotics cause deep muscle stiffness or surface muscle stiffness?

Possible s/e: In fact, muscle stiffness, abnormal muscle movements are reason for very close medical monitoring while taking antipsychotic medication. Often meds are prescribed to prevent this side effect. Another strategy is to keep the dose as low as possible. If any unusual muscle stiffness, twitching or abnormal (dsykinetic) movements are noticed, be sure to tell prescribing doctor right away. Take care. ...Read more

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I'm having stiff neck and shoulder muscles. How can I ease the stiffness?

I'm having stiff neck and shoulder muscles. How can I ease the stiffness?

Massage: Try seeing a massage therapist. Through manual therapy (ie: stretching, massage etc) your stiffness may subside. If this does not help, see an orthopedist. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Upper r-neck spasm chronic, balance trouble muscle stiffness an not feeling well, what's the cause?

May be muscle but: This may be muscular but consider other causes in view of your other medical conditions. It may be related to your previous health problems or surgery, but your physician will need to integrate these conditions and your present complaints. ...Read more