Before you begin to treat muscle pain and soreness, it's important to understand a bit about the muscle systems in the human body. There are eight muscles systems in the human body.
- Skeletal - provides a framework of the human body contains the bones, muscles and organs. The skeletal system also supports, protects and allows body movements to occur while producing blood and storing minerals.
- Digestive - a series of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube from mouth to anus. The digestive system is responsible for turning components of the food you eat into substances your body can use for energy. The rest is turned into waste products.
- Muscular - the framework for body movement and is controlled by the nervous system.
- Lymphatic - a complex system of organs, lymph nodes, and lymph ducts that produces and transports lymph fluid from tissues to the circulatory system. This is a major part of the body's immune system.
- Endocrine - is in charge of body processes that occur slowly such as cellular growth. This system contains glands and hormones that help regulate mood, growth and development, tissue function, metabolism, reproduction and more.
- Nervous -a highly specialized tissue network comprised of cells called neurons. Neurons contain a variety of stimuli that tell different body parts (including muscles) what to do.
- Cardiovascular - the body's delivery system. The cardiovascular system contains the heart and blood. It sends blood, oxygen and nutrients to different parts of the body and picks up waste products along the way.
- Male Reproductive - contains the penis, testicles and other reproductive organs. This is the system that helps to create new organisms. It perpetuates life.
- Female Reproductive - contains the vagina, uterus and other female reproductive organs. This is the system that helps to create new organisms by sustaining and perpetuating a new life.
- Urinary - produces, stores and eliminates urine. Includes the kidneys, bladder and urethra.