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- $59 for one 60-minute Pure Stretch session with assessment ($125 value)
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Muscular System: The Meat of the Matter
The joys of a massage or the relief of a chiropractic adjustment—and the stresses of physical work—play out partly in the muscles. Learn just what pumps the body up with Groupon’s guide to the muscular system.
The human body has more than 630 muscles keeping it upright and mobile. They make up almost half its weight and power the movements of the bones, the blood, and even the food in the stomach. Perhaps the most familiar muscles are those seen in bodybuilding contests and facial-expression contests: the skeletal, or voluntary, muscles. They’re attached to our bones and controlled by our brains, which zap them with electrical signals to cause their fibers to contract. During a muscle contraction, filaments inside the muscle fibers slide together, stacking up on one another so that the larger fiber shortens. In shortening, the fibers gain thickness—a phenomenon we notice as flexing. Whatever muscles do, they accomplish by this single pulling action. If a bicep (part of a category of muscles known as flexors) flexes to lift a barbell, it needs a tricep (an extensor), pulling in the opposite direction, to bring the arm back down.
The other two types of muscles are smooth muscles and cardiac muscles, and both are beyond our conscious control. Cardiac muscles control the beating of the heart, contracting the chambers to push blood throughout the body. But the blood doesn’t ride to the toes on that momentum alone. Lining the blood vessels are smooth muscles that help push it along. These also line the esophagus, stomach, and intestine to move food through the digestive track, and can even help regulate the body’s temperature by opening and closing capillaries near the skin surface, all without conscious effort. The subconscious brain is also happy to turn muscles to ends beyond their apparent purpose: for instance, what we experience as shivering from cold is simply the brain causing the muscles to spasm so they will generate heat and keep your blood and any baby chicks in your coat pockets warm.
Pure Health BH
When Jill DeLeon decided to expand her business into a new 3,300-square-foot office, she found that she could fill that extra space by expanding her scope of treatments and converting certain rooms into balloon storage. So she put together a dedicated team of physical therapists, nutritional counselors, and massage therapists who shared her passion for promoting holistic well-being. At Pure Health BH, the efforts of those professionals range from cutting-edge physical therapy to nutrition counseling. The core of the practice, however, is defined by its physical therapy and assisted-stretching treatments, all of which have a common goal of healing the body by targeting the musculoskeletal- and nervous-system complications that can cause chronic pain, restrict mobility, or impair organ function. Regardless of what method they use to address a client's needs and concerns, therapists put guests at ease by inviting them to relax in spacious private treatments rooms.