Muscular System and it’s importance

Some information to help you understand a little more about your muscles. In understanding a little about the work they do for you every minute of the day, will help make the important decision to have regular massage to help them continue doing their work. Massage as I said before keeps you flexible, supple, clarity, helps prevent injury and Most important:   free from tightness in your muscles, reach optimum level.

A muscle is a group of specialized, elastic tissues. More of the body is made of muscle than any other tissue: 23% of a woman’s body weight and about 40% of a man’s.

They are the body’s movers and shakers. The muscular system comprises of the muscles of the body and their attachments – ligaments, tendons and fascia. Muscles produce heat, movement of the muscles and limbs help pump venous blood and lymph back to vena cava.

Function

Muscle attached to bone needs to pass over a joint to create a movement. Muscle contraction pulls one bone towards another and thus moves a limb. Muscles works in pairs.

Muscles are well supplied with arteries to bring them food to fuel and repair, and oxygen for combustion of the fuel, and with veins which carry away the waste products of their activities, such as carbon dioxide. All muscles produce heat, movement of muscles and limbs help pump venous blood and lymph.

Three Different Types of Muscle – Voluntary, Involuntary and Cardiac

Voluntary: these are the muscles which we consciously control e.g. our arm and legs.  We walk when we want to.

Involuntary: these are muscles we have no control of  e.g. respiratory, digestive and urinary systems. These work automatically whether we like it or not.

Cardiac: to power the pump action of the heart.

Connection to Skeletal, Muscular and Digestive Systems

Nervous: nerve impulses produce contraction in the muscle. Without the nerve stimulas you would have no movement.

Skeletal: muscles always cross joints and rely on skeleton for movement and leverage.

Digestive: nutrition/energy in the form of glucose is recieved from the digestive system. If it is not used immediately it is stored in the fibres in the form of glycogen until needed.

Circulatory and respiratory: muscles recieve oxygen from vascular and respiratory system.

I hope you find this interesting.

It’s that time of year where everyone is out training, running, walking, cycling.  Getting ready for your event. Have regular massage and don’t wait until the pains and aches start coming.  Having regular massage is of huge benefit when your event comes up. You will be in good shape and reach your optimum.

 

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