Main Functions of the Muscular System

Many people have suffered from sore muscles at some point in their lives. Whether they be from sports injuries or such caused by everyday activity, they often only ache for a few days before they’re as good as new. But have you ever stopped to think about all of the different parts that make up the entire muscular system and how they are used in everyday life?

The human muscular system consists of over 600 different muscles, and these muscles can be divided into the following three categories:

  • Skeletal muscles: These are the muscles that you are able to control; in fact, skeletal muscles were used to type out this sentence. They are attached to your skeleton and allow you to run, jump, climb, etc.
  • Smooth muscles: These muscles cannot be controlled by your conscious mind. They can be found in the lining of organs, such as the stomach. They help with digestion, urination, and even childbirth.
  • Cardiac muscles: Lastly, these muscles are found exclusively in the heart. They are the muscles that cause the contractions that pump blood throughout the body. Cardiac muscles give you your heartbeat. Similar to smooth muscles, you cannot control them. 

Though two out of the three categories are involuntary muscles that you have no control over, there are still so many things that you can do because of your skeletal muscles. 

Stability, Mobility, & Posture

The body’s core muscles are located in… well, you guessed it – the core. These muscles, located in your abdomen, back, and pelvis, help your body stand, sit, and kneel – basically, they give your body the balance and posture it needs to function. When your muscles are not keeping your body stable while it’s at rest, they are helping you move in any way, shape, or form. Whether it be to pick up a fork, walk down the stairs, or throw a baseball, your skeletal muscles are the ones responsible. 

Other Functions of Skeletal Muscles

Skeletal muscles are also the muscles behind a few of the body’s main functions. They help with sight as your eye sockets contain six skeletal muscles that allow you to move your eyes around. Another major function of the body that skeletal muscles are responsible for is respiration. That’s right, without these muscles, you wouldn’t be able to breathe. The diaphragm is a thin skeletal muscle located beneath the lungs that aids in respiration. However, in order to breathe heavier, perhaps during exercise, other muscles are involved in the process.  

Get the Gains with Gladiator Therapeutics

While using your muscles every day is essential, the pain that comes from overworking them doesn’t have to be. By using the Gladiator Device directly after a workout or other strenuous activity, you can help combat muscle soreness.

NOTE: Content included here is not medical advice, and only is intended as information for adults. Always consult with your health care professional before making changes to diet, exercise, medication, or before use of any product or device.

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