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Muscle Relaxing

June 22, 2014

Muscle Relaxing

I must confess; I was drinking alcohol way before the legal drinking age. As a child I said I would never do it, because of watching my dad drink as much all the time. As a child I knew it could be harmful. Being depressed and having anxiety it was what I turned to. After dating someone older than me, it was easy to drink more having someone who was of age buying it. I am the type thy I can go months without drinking but when I get around alcohol; it’s like I can’t really turn the craving off. I guess I would be what’s called a “binge drinker.”
I was watching the show Bar Rescue; I know ironic right. Heard the guy say that the ingredient hops is a natural muscle relaxer. I was like what! I had know idea really, had to look it up. But more on a serious note though, I am thinking that everything I was doing and how I was living my life caused the fibromyalgia or caused it to get worst. I say that because not knowing for sure if I’ve had this all my life [feel maybe I have].

Medicinal
Hops are also used in herbal medicine in a way similar to valerian, as a treatment for anxiety, restlessness, and insomnia. A pillow filled with hops is a popular folk remedy for sleeplessness, and animal research has shown a sedative effect. The relaxing effect of hops may be due, in part, to the specific chemical component dimethylvinyl carbinol. Hops tend to be unstable when exposed to light or air and lose their potency after a few months’ storage. Hops are of interest for hormone replacement therapy, and are used in preparations for relief of menstruation-related problems.http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hops

When you consume alcohol it causes muscle relaxing and anxiety reducing effects. Consistently using alcohol for this purpose, however, is discouraged by physicians due to the fact people can become psychologically and physically dependent on the effects. http://www.ehow.com/info_7861283_muscle-relaxing-effects-alcohol.html#page=0

Central Nervous System

The brain, spine and nerves make up the central nervous system. Alcohol depresses the central nervous system making communication of the brain to the spine and nerves slower. Drinking a few drinks makes a person feel more relaxed because the communication between the brain and the nerves has slowed down. This is also why after many drinks, movement can be impaired. http://www.ehow.com/info_7861283_muscle-relaxing-effects-alcohol.html#page=2
Pain Tolerance

Because the nervous system is depressed and numbed after drinking alcohol, the nerves that run throughout the muscles do not register pain effectively. The muscles may seem to be relaxed when actually they are just acting as if they have been given a pain killer. http://www.ehow.com/info_7861283_muscle-relaxing-effects-alcohol.html#page=3

After Effects

While alcohol causes muscle and mental relaxation initially, after over-consumption withdrawal can produce the opposite effects. After a heavy night of drinking the central nervous system becomes overstimulated causing shakes, sensitivity to light and nervousness. Also, because alcohol is a diuretic, the entire body including the muscles are dehydrated, causing muscle weakness. In addition, the pituitary gland in the brain releases sporadic amounts of hormones which inhibit the body’s ability to sleep. http://www.ehow.com/info_7861283_muscle-relaxing-effects-alcohol.html#page=4

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