Rotator Cuff Therapy Exercises

Muscles of Rotator Cuff


In this section I want to talk about the muscles of rotator cuff and muscles in general. I have already talked in detail in the "muscles" section about the individual functions of the muscles of rotator cuff.

Here however I want to talk specifically about what are the properties and major functions of a muscle.

I also want to explain to you what type of muscle a rotator cuff muscle is.

Let's start with a simple statement that applies to any muscles of the rotator cuff, "muscles are one of those things that most of us take completely for granted".

Now let me add something to that statement.

"Until something goes wrong, a muscle becomes too painful to use and we find we are concentrating on nothing else", Sound familiar? Yes of course it does, that's almost certainly why you're here right?

It is definitely the reason I am here, trying to help. That is because when I developed my own rotator cuff muscle problems I found there was no one available to give me the help I needed.

No one available to explain about the muscles of rotator cuff and how I could use rotator cuff strengthening exercises to permanently end my rotator cuff pain.

So what is a muscle?

When most people think of a muscle they think of skeletal muscle. That is mainly what I will be talking about as the muscles of rotator cuff are included with the skeletal muscles.

The picture below shows some of the major skeletal muscles.

muscles of rotator cuff


There are however two other forms of muscle in the human body. Cardiac muscle and Smooth muscle and they are very different.

Cardiac muscle tissue forms the bulk of the wall of the heart. Like skeletal muscle tissue, it is striated. Cardiac muscle is known for endurance and consistency.

muscles of rotator cuff It can stretch in a limited way, like smooth muscle, and contract with the force of a skeletal muscle.

Unlike skeletal muscle however its contraction is usually not under conscious control (involuntary).

In other words you do not have to tell your heart to beat; thankfully it does that by itself

Smooth muscle tissue is located in the walls of hollow internal structures such as blood vessels, the stomach, intestines, and urinary bladder.

Smooth muscle fibres are, like cardiac muscle, usually involuntary and they are nonstriated (smooth).


muscles of rotator cuff



Above is a picture of the three different muscle types showing their individual cell structure. They are all taken at different magnifications however.

Muscles are your bodies' engines they are what your body uses to propel itself. Although they work differently than, let's say a car engine, a steam engine or an electric motor, your muscles do the same thing, they turn energy into motion. It would be impossible for you to do anything without your muscles.

Absolutely everything that you conceive of with your brain is expressed as muscular motion. It is important to emphasize that simple, single point; everything you do requires muscular input.

Think about this, the only ways for you to express, either yourself, or an idea when using spoken words, is by utilising the muscles of your larynx, mouth and tongue. In the case of the written word, or indeed whilst talking with your hands, you need the use of the muscles of your fingers and therefore the muscles of rotator cuff.

Finally the skeletal muscles of your body can be used to express yourself through other things such as body language, dancing, running or even fighting - you definitely need the muscles of rotator cuff for this!

¬Because muscles are so crucial to us and in fact any animal, they are incredibly sophisticated. Muscles do everything from allowing you to walk to keeping your blood flowing!

They are highly efficient at turning fuel into motion, they are long-lasting, they are self-healing and they are able to grow stronger with practice.

The final two points that muscles are self-healing and that they are able to grow stronger with practice are really very, very important. It is because of these particular muscle properties that allow you, through rotator cuff strengthening exercises and rotator cuff muscle exercises, to aid your own recovery.

The muscles of rotator cuff are not alone in this; it applies to all skeletal muscles.

In the next section headed "rotator cuff muscle performance" I carry on to talk in more detail about exactly how muscles and therefore the muscles of rotator cuff function.


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