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Interesting facts about the muscles

July 7th, 2017 127 post views

There are many interesting facts about the muscles but these are a few that I find very interesting and I hope that you do too.

Longest, strongest, biggest muscles

  • The strongest muscle in the body is probably one you haven’t even heard of and is called the masseter. This muscle is predominantly used in chewing and tensing the jaw. The tongue is often described as the strongest muscle but is made up of eight muscles meaning it technically is not the strongest muscle.
  • The longest muscle in the body is called the Sartorius. Another one you probably haven’t heard of. It comes down from the front of the hip and connects to the upper part of the shin bone (Tibia).
  • The biggest muscle in the body is the gluteus maximus. This is regularly called the buttocks and is a very important muscle. This muscle is the main reason that we can walk on two feet as it connects the pelvis to the legs.
  • The smallest muscle in the body, Stapedius, is in the ear and measure around 2mm in length. These are there to help to control the vibration of the smallest bone in the body, the Stapes.

Miscellaneous muscle facts

  • When you take one step, as long as you swing your arms, you are using up to 200 muscles. You can take plenty of steps along Eastbourne seafront!
  • The word muscle comes from the Latin word musculus which translates to little mouse. This is because a flexed muscle was thought to look like a mouse.
  • Without your little finger, you would lose about 50% of your hand strength.
  • There are 650 skeletal muscles in the human body. This does not include the muscles of the internal organs.
  • It takes 43 muscles for us to frown but only 17 to smile.

    Image shows Eastbourne Doctor of Chiropractic Mykel Mason smiling and tells us it only uses 17 muscles to smile

    Eastbourne Chiropractor Mykel Mason tells us we use 17 muscles to smile

  • The muscles on the outside of the eye are 100 times stronger than they need to be making them the strongest muscle in the body in relation to the job that they do.
  • Muscles are only designed to pull and not actually push. The only reason that we can push is because of an opposite pulling force e.g. the back of your arm pulling the elbow straight.
  • As all muscles pull, if you were to get them all to work in the same direction it would create a force of 25 tonnes. This is enough to lift one of the stones at Stonehenge.
  • There are more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments in a single foot.

Look out for my next blog on interesting facts about bones.

Whether you’re suffering with a simple muscle spasm in your back / neck or have a more serious injury or long term problem Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne are happy to help you.

Yours in health,

Mykel Mason, your Eastbourne chiropractor

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