Muscle Madness: 5 Facts About Muscles

5 Facts About Muscles Chiropractic Bellingham

Here are 5 fun facts about muscles!

THERE’S A LOT OF THEM

The human body contains an estimated 650 muscles. The number may be much greater if you consider muscles at the cellular level.

THERE ARE THREE TYPES

Muscles are classified as cardiac, skeletal, or smooth. The ones you move consciously are skeletal muscles.

YOU CAN’T CONTROL THEM ALL

Two types of muscles you don’t consciously move are smooth muscles and cardiac muscles. Smooth muscles are located in places like the walls of your blood vessels and intestines. Cardiac muscles help contract your heart.

YOUR TONGUE IS A MUSCLE

Your tongue is made up of 8 different muscles. Four are attached to bone and help change the position of your tongue. The four not attached to bone help control the shape of your tongue.

DOES SMILING REALLY USE MORE MUSCLES?

The often repeated phrase is that it takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown. But the accuracy of this is not clear cut because so many variables are involved.

Certainly, though, smiling feels good.

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Top 6 Fun Bone Facts

Did you know the adult skeleton has 206 bones? Check out Advanced Sports Chiropractic and Massage’s top 6 fascinating bone facts!

 

BONES ARE LIVING TISSUE 

Bones have their own cells, which are responsible for bone maintenance, production, and modeling. They also have their own blood vessels.

 

EXTRA RIB: IT’S RARE, BUT IT HAPPENS

Most people have 12 ribs, but one percent of the population is born with an extra. Called a cervical rib, this extra bone can cause neck pain.

 

BABIES HAVE MORE BONES

Babies have about 300 bones, compared with the 206 in adults. The reason for this difference is that bones fuse together as we get older.

 

SMALLEST BONE: THE STAPES

Located in the middle ear, the stapes is one of three tiny bones collectively called the ossicles.

 

STRONGEST BONE: THE FEMUR

The femur is considered the strongest bone in the human body. It’s also the longest bone. Because it’s so strong, it takes a lot of force to cause injury.

 

THE HANDS AND FEET HAVE MOST BONES

More than half the bones in the human body (106 of them!) are located in the hands and feet.

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