Tuesday September 8, 2020
What is the muscular system?
All movement in the body is controlled by our muscles. The muscles in the body support movement, maintain posture, and circulates blood throughout the body. Some muscles work without us thinking, (heart beat), while other muscles are controlled by our thoughts (opening a door). All of our muscles in the body make up the muscular system.
Did you know? An hour of reading causes the eyes to make nearly 10,000 coordinated movements!
The muscular system can be broken down into three types of muscle: skeletal, smooth and cardiac.
Most smooth muscle is found inside of organs (blood vessels, bladder, intestines, stomach) and is controlled by the unconscious part of the brain.
Cardiac muscle is found only in the heart and is responsible for pumping blood (oxygen, nutrients) throughout the body. Cardiac muscle movements are also under involuntary control.
What is the Hardest Working Muscle?
The heart is the hardest-working muscle. The heart pumps approximately 2,500 gallons of blood each day!
Did you know? The heart has the ability to beat more than 3 billion times in a person’s life. (click here to learn more about the cardiovascular system)
Skeletal fibers can be divided into two types based on how they produce and use energy:
- Slow-twitch muscles utilize oxygen and can function for long periods of time before fatigue (think of endurance running).
- Fast-twitch muscles generate short bursts of strength or speed but fatigue quickly (think of sprinting).
How does the muscular system work?
The muscular system's main function is movement. There are two types of movement.
- Gross movement refers to large, coordinated motions including:
- Fine movement involves smaller movements including:
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Muscle tendons stretch over joints and contribute to stability (walking, running, standing). The core muscles (abs, back, pelvis) stabilize the body to perform tasks (lifting weights). Click here for more on joint care
Skeletal muscles help keep the body in the correct position when someone is sitting or standing. Stiff, weak, or tight muscles contribute to poor posture and can lead to muscle pain in the shoulders, back, and neck. Click here for natural neck pain relief
Did you know? The muscles responsible for the body’s posture have the greatest endurance compared to the other muscles in the body. Think about it, these muscles support the body all day everyday without becoming tired.
Why do we sweat when working out?
Contracting muscles produce heat. When we exert ourselves more than usual (such as running, working out, gardening), the extra muscle contractions raise the body temperature and eventually leads to sweating.
Did you know? Many of our muscles come in pairs. Examples are biceps and triceps in our arms. When the biceps contract the triceps will relax, allowing our arm to bend. When we want to straighten the arm, the biceps will relax and the triceps contract.
Some injuries of the muscular system include:
- Muscle Cramps: Muscle cramps can occur any time and can last for several hours or days. It can be caused by a variety of reasons: overusing a muscle, pinching a nerve.
- Sprains and Strains: A sprain is when we twist or pull muscles/tendons. This can occur suddenly, or over a period of time. Sprains can cause pain, swelling, and difficulty moving the muscle that is injured.
How to care for your muscular system with IcyHeat Noni Lotion
Did you know? Noni contains scopoletin. Studies have shown scopoletin to be a powerful natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever.
Thanks to Steve Frailey, Hawaiian Organic Noni and Melody Toth, sports trainer at the University of Hawaii the power of noni and the heating/cooling of menthol camphor have been combined into two the IcyHeat Noni Lotion and the IcyHeat Sports Formula. Professional athletes have used these products before as a preventive and during muscle spasms/cramps. They have experienced much needed relief.
We have many NCAA sports teams, high school teams and weekend athletics apply our Noni Lotions to their calves and thighs (5 minutes before) sporting events to prevent cramps during the games.
Melody Toth, the head basketball trainer for 20 years at the University of Hawaii, conducted an experiment one year during preseason practices. She had 8 players apply the Noni Lotions to the calves and thighs and 8 players not apply the lotions before 2 hour practices for 4 weeks. The players that applied the Noni Lotions did not experience muscle fatigue, tiredness, or get cramps. The players who did not apply the lotions eventually cramped up, and experienced muscle fatigue. Click here for more reasons to reach for noni
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A jogger's best friend!
I discovered this product on our annual trip to Kauai a few years ago at the weekly market. I have been an avid jogger my entire life, however, joint pain and cramping had become a problem now that I am in my 70's and Noni IcyHeat Sports Formula has worked wonders allowing me to continue to do what I love pain free.
I normally don't believe these types of products are effective. But on a recent visit to Hawaii, tried some in a store and found immediate relief to a sore Achilles tendon and have been using it ever since. I recently was on a business trip for a week, didn't have my IcyHeat Noni Lotion and my tendon pain returned. When I got back home and applied it, pain gone again! The 4oz bottle lasted me about 1 year, now reordering the 8oz size.
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Our IcyHeat Sports Formula is not only great for injury and muscle recovery but is extremely beneficial to apply to muscles pre-workout, before training or sports games as a muscle fatigue and cramp preventative. We have numerous collegiate sports teams who have their athletes apply our lotions to their calves and thighs 5 minutes before games to keep both cramps and muscle fatigue at bay as an organic preventative.
Being active is such an important part of a healthy life. With the IcyHeat Sports Formula, you can be confident you’re providing your body with the healing and relief it needs to keep active!