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This is called the length-tension relationship. The ideal length of a sarcomere to produce maximal tension occurs at 80 percent to percent of its resting length, with percent being the state where the medial edges of the thin filaments are just at the most-medial myosin heads of the thick filaments Figure This length maximizes the overlap of actin-binding sites and myosin heads.
If a sarcomere is stretched past the ideal length beyond percentthick and thin filaments do not fully overlap, which results in less tension produced. If the muscle is stretched to the point where the thick and thin filaments do not overlap at all, no cross-bridges can be formed, and no tension is generated.
This amount of stretching does not usually occur as accessory proteins and connective tissue oppose extreme stretching. If a sarcomere is shortened beyond 80 percent, the zone of overlap is reduced with the thin filaments jutting beyond the last of the myosin heads.
Eventually, there is nowhere else for the thin filaments to go and the amount of tension is diminished. Sarcomeres produce maximal tension when thick and thin filaments overlap between about 80 percent to percent.
The Frequency of Motor Neuron Stimulation A single action potential from a motor neuron will produce a single contraction in the muscle fibers innervated by the motor neuron. This isolated contraction is called a twitch. The tension produced by a single twitch can be measured by a myogram, an instrument that measures the amount of tension produced over time Figure This is the phase during which excitation and contraction are being coupled but contraction has yet to occur.
A single muscle twitch has a latent period, a contraction phase when tension increases, and a relaxation phase when tension decreases.
During the latent period, the action potential is being propagated along the sarcolemma. A graded muscle response works as follows: This response is called wave summation, because the excitation-contraction coupling effects of successive motor neuron signaling is summed, or added together Figure Summation results in greater contraction of the motor unit.
The bottom of each wave, the end of the relaxation phase, represents the point of stimulus. If the frequency of motor neuron signaling increases, summation and subsequent muscle tension in the motor unit continues to rise until it reaches a peak point. The tension at this point is about three to four times greater than the tension of a single twitch, a state referred to as incomplete tetanus.
During incomplete tetanus, the muscle goes through quick cycles of contraction followed by a short relaxation phase. If the stimulus frequency is so high that the relaxation phase disappears completely, contractions become continuous in a process called complete tetanus Figure Treppe When a skeletal muscle has been dormant for an extended period and then stimulated to contract, with all other things being equal, the initial contractions generate about one-half the force of later contractions.
The muscle tension increases in a graded manner that to some looks like a set of stairs.
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This tension increase is called treppe, a condition where muscle contractions become more efficient. When muscle tension increases in a graded manner that looks like a set of stairs, it is called treppe. The bottom of each wave represents the point of stimulus. It can only be maintained with adequate ATP.
Muscle Tone Skeletal muscles are rarely completely relaxed, or flaccid. Even if a muscle is not producing movement, it is contracted a small amount to maintain its contractile proteins and produce muscle tone. The tension produced by muscle tone allows muscles to continually stabilize joints and maintain posture. Muscle tone is accomplished by a complex interaction between the nervous system and skeletal muscles that results in the activation of a few motor units at a time, most likely in a cyclical manner.
In this manner, muscles never fatigue completely, as some motor units are in a state of recovery while others are actively generating tension. Hypotonia The absence of the low-level contractions that lead to muscle tone is referred to as hypotonia or atrophy, and can result from damage to parts of the central nervous system CNSsuch as the cerebellum, or from loss of innervations to a skeletal muscle, as in poliomyelitis.
Hypotonic muscles have a flaccid appearance and display functional impairments, such as weak reflexes. Conversely, excessive muscle tone is referred to as hypertonia, accompanied by hyperreflexia excessive reflex responsesoften the result of damage to upper motor neurons in the CNS.
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Chapter Review The number of cross-bridges formed between actin and myosin determines the amount of tension produced by a muscle. The length of a sarcomere is optimal when the zone of overlap between thin and thick filaments is greatest.
Muscles that are stretched or compressed too greatly do not produce maximal amounts of power. A motor unit is formed by a motor neuron and all of the muscle fibers that are innervated by that same motor neuron. The penalties of poor posture: Round shoulders make it harder to breathe deeply.
This state of partial contraction is called muscle tone. Without muscle tone you could not stand up straight! To maintain muscle tone without getting tired, groups of muscle fibres take it in turn to contract. They work in relays. Poor muscle tone leads to poor posture. But exercise improves muscle tone. It makes the muscle fibres thicker so they contract more strongly.
However, when the spine is seen from the side lateral viewthree curves are revealed resembling a slight 'S' shape. The spine curves gently at the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions. The curves serve as springs in a coil to distribute mechanical stress as the body moves, help the spine to support the load of the head and upper body, and maintain balance in the upright position.
When viewed from the side, the normal spine has three gradual curves: The following anomalies appear when the natural curves of the spine are overly accentuated: Hyperlordosis is an exaggerated lumbar curve in the spine.