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Tough workouts can leave you sore for days afterwards, so sore that walking, dressing and sleeping become difficult to do. Even the professional athletes cannot avoid the muscle pain that comes after strenuous physical exertion. But everyone can ease the discomfort with massage therapy.
Physical exertion causes muscle pain for 5 to 7 days because of a series of reactions that take place in the body. First, there is an inflammatory reaction to extreme muscle work. Inflammation causes swelling and soreness immediately. This is followed by oxidative stress from free radicals and lactic acid build up. As a result of both the inflammation and oxidative stress, blood flow to the area is impeded. The lack of blood to the muscle is ultimately what leads to soreness for days.
Massage therapy targets this mechanism that causes muscle pain after physical exertion. There are many different types of massage therapy. The most popular style is Swedish massage. This soft, kneading style...
The list of tips for sore feet is not complete without mentioning the butt muscles. This group of muscles may be the laziest in the entire body. When the butt muscles become weak, the entire leg is affected, including the feet. Everything starts to turn inward. The thigh bone rotates inward causing "knock-knees." The ankles turn inward to the point that the arch of the foot can become plastered to the ground. This misalignment of the leg leads to a chain reaction of chronic pain.
Anyone with back, hip, knee, ankle, or foot pain should remember to strengthen the butt muscles. The easiest and most practical way to improve strength in the buttocks is to stand on one leg. Go ahead and try it (if needed, hold onto a chair for safety). Your beltline should remain parallel to the ground and your body should remain upright. If that was difficult, try it again only this time focus on tightening the butt cheek on the same side you are standing on. Once the butt muscles engage, the leg be...
Definition Muscle function loss is when a muscle doesn't work or move normally. The medical term for complete loss of muscle function is paralysis. Alternative Names Paralysis; Paresis; Loss of movement; Motor dysfunction Considerations Loss of muscle function may be caused by: A disease of the muscle itself (myopathy) A disease of the nervous system: nerve damage (neuropathy), or spinal cord injury, or brain damage ( stroke or other brain injury) The loss of muscle function after these types of events can be severe, and often will not completely return. Paralysis can be temporary or permanent. It can affect a small area (localized) or be widespread (generalized). It may affect one side (unilateral) or both sides (bilateral). If the paralysis affects the lower half of the body and both legs it is called paraplegia. It if affects both arms and legs, it is called quadriplegia. If the paralysis affects the muscles that cause breathing, it is quickly life threatening. Common Causes Diseases of the mus...
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