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Definition Anti-smooth muscle antibody is a blood test that detects the presence of antibodies against smooth muscle. How the test is performed Blood is drawn from a vein, usually from the inside of the elbow or the back of the hand. The site is cleaned with germ-killing medicine (antiseptic). The health care provider wraps an elastic band around the upper arm to apply pressure to the area and make the vein swell with blood. Next, the health care provider gently inserts a needle into the vein. The blood collects into an airtight vial or tube attached to the needle. The elastic band is removed from your arm. Once the blood has been collected, the needle is removed, and the puncture site is covered to stop any bleeding. In infants or young children, a sharp tool called a lancet may be used to puncture the skin and make it bleed. The blood collects into a small glass tube called a pipette, or onto a slide or test strip. A bandage may be placed over the area if there is any bleeding. How to prep...
When people think about muscles, they think about strength. However, muscles have two jobs: to contract and to relax. Muscle contraction causes the muscle fibers to shorten in length, pulling the attached bones with it. This muscle action is the bases of all skeletal movement. If the muscle does not relax after contraction, it is considered hypertonic, spastic or over-active. Hypertonicity causes the skeleton to get stuck in all sorts of abnormal positions and postures. And hypertonicity leads to joint pain. In combination with muscle weakness, hypertonicity amounts to poorly functioning muscles. Muscle therapy is meant address such weakness and hypertonicity in order to create better muscle function and improve painful conditions like shoulder tendonitis, neck pain, and back pain.
Many types of muscle therapy do a great job improving strength, but neglect the relaxation component of muscle function. On the other hand, there are a handful of muscle therapies which induce the ...
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