Did you guys know the human body has around 640 – 850 muscles? Some research shows variations in the number of muscles, but who really cares, there’s heaps of muscles to help us get around.
Your muscles keep your blood flowing. Muscles turn energy into motion. Without muscles, it would be impossible to do anything. We use our muscles to speak, breathe, run, dance and smile!
Skeletal, visceral, and cardiac. The skeletal muscles are voluntary, while the visceral muscles are involuntary. Skeletal muscle is the muscle used when we exercise. These muscles attach to bones and come in pairs; one to move the bone in one direction and the other to move it back the other way.
We can love and hate muscles sometimes. They can tighten up and cause havoc compressing joints, cause some tenderness and be inhibited. In addition to this, any change in our Central Nervous System (CNS) is also associated with changes in the muscle, therefore we can see that muscles can be viewed as one of the most overstressed systems in the body. But… these troublesome muscles also support our joints and unload the passive tissue that can get quite angry when overworked.
At PhysioHealth we think muscles are pretty awesome, and we encourage most of the people we see to build some. Sometimes this can be a bit tricky to find that very important little muscle that holds things altogether. Physio’s are great at helping you find them and turn them on. It’s super important to train both the dynamic and the stabilising function of muscles in the kinetic chain, depending on what you need.
Whether they are the stabilising muscles or bigger powerhouse muscles, here’s a few reasons we want muscles on you:
And if we don’t use muscle we lose it. So let’s use them…