Category Archives for Muscles

What Causes a Muscle Cramp?

Definition When we use the muscles that can voluntarily be controlled, such as those of our arms and legs, they alternately contract and relax as we move our limbs. Muscles that support our head, neck, and trunk contract similarly in a synchronized fashion to maintain our posture. A muscle (or even a few fibers of a muscle) that involuntarily (without consciously willing it) contracts is called a spasm. If the spasm is forceful and sustained, it becomes a cramp. A muscle cramp is thus defined as...

Flank Pain

Flank pain is a medical condition that is characterized by mild to severe aching in the part of the body situated between the back and the upper abdomen. This condition is commonly associated with problems in the kidney. To know the other factors that contribute to the etiology of the pain, it is important that patients learn the different symptoms of this health condition. At the onset of any symptom, patients are highly advised to visit their physicians to determine the real cause of the problem....

Fibromyalgia Symptoms

This health condition often affects women, but it has also been observed among men and children. The symptoms are numerous and need to be assessed before any treatment can be given. Fibromyalgia Signs The major symptoms include muscle pain in different parts of the body. This is accompanied by aching joints and tenderness of some muscles. Another common indication is that the aches move from one body part to another. Much of the pain though, is focused on the neck area. Among other patients the...

What Causes Foot Cramps?

A Foot Cramp is an involuntary contraction of muscles in the foot or feet especially the inner arch of the feet, toes and thigh and calf muscles. Pain is usually associated with the contraction of the muscle and even it has subsided one may still encounter aching. Causes of a Foot Cramp Foot Cramps may be caused by environmental, medical and lifestyle factors. Athletes and persons in old age are in the group of persons at high risk for foot cramps. However, it may present as the most common type...

Achilles Tendon Pain

Having an inflamed Achilles tendon can be very painful experience, which is a condition usually referred to as Achilles tendinitis. When affected by this, patients experience sharp and stabbing pain somewhere in the upper, lower, right and left parts of the heel area. In many cases, recreational athletes easily succumb to this severe type of condition, mainly because of overuse as well as constant exposure to strenuous activities. Here is a quick look at the symptoms, diagnosis, causes and treatments...

Upper Arm Pain

Upper arm pain is closely associated with strenuous activities involving the upper arm, or bicep. Usually, this happens after a day of using the upper arm repetitively or stretching the capabilities beyond what it is used to. People normally experience upper arm pain after exercising that involved moving the arms such as weight-lifting, push-ups and chin-ups. Causes Upper arm pain causes are normally muscle strains, fractures, tendonitis and injury. Normally, upper arm pain causes are because of...

What Causes Muscle Twitching?

What is muscle twitching Muscle twitches are small involuntary movements involving small areas of muscle or muscle fibers. These twitches often go unnoticed, and when you do feel them, they tend to feel worse and more noticeable than they actually are. Twitches, also known as fasciculation’s, can occur in the arms, feet, fingers, hands, head, legs, and other parts of the body. Twitches can also occur in the eye muscles. Muscle twitches are usually harmless and are more of an irritation than a cause...

15 Tips to Gain Muscle

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Gaining muscle is something that everyone wants to do. However, there are many people who do not know how to gain muscle over the long term. The good news is that there are a lot of ways in which a person can work to gain muscle. Here are fifteen tips to gain muscle over the long term. Photo by Nicola since 1972 1. Increase Caloric Intake In order for your body to build muscle, it is important that you are in a stake of caloric surplus. The amount of calories that you burn in a day correlates to...

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