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The human body is made up of three types of muscle:
  • Skeletal muscle This is "Voluntary muscle" as in it can be controlled consciously, and it is used for movement and maintaining posture. 42% of an adult male's body mass and 36% of an adult females body mass is made up of skeletal muscle
  • Smooth muscle This is muscle that contracts without conscious control. It is in the form of thin layers of unstriated cells and it is found in walls of internal organs including the stomach, bladder, blood vessels and the intestines (hollow organs). It is not found in the heart, however (see cardiac muscle)
  • Cardiac muscle This type of muscle forms the majority of the wall of the heart, and it is not found anywhere else in your body. Cardiac muscle is highly resistant to fatigue (thankfully!). It has a large number of mitochondria (often called "cellular power plants") which generate most of a cell's adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is used as a form of chemical energy. These mitochondria enable constant aerobic respiration.
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Muscle Health

  • Maintaining Healthy Muscles

    Maintaining Healthy Muscles

    If you are suffering from muscle pain, we have a number of solutions for this, including medication such as Green Lipped Mussel Extract and alternative treatments like TENS Machines and Massage Equipment.

  • Power and Strength

    Power and Strength

    When putting on extra muscle it is important to eat right and train hard. Our range of products will assist in building lean muscle quickly.

  • Pain Relief

    Pain Relief

    Express Chemist stock a complete range of the leading brands in pain relief. We also stock great herbal and electric alternatives. Pain can strike at any time and in many different ways. Don't let it get in the way of your life. Check out our Alternative Pain Relief remedies.

  • Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

    Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

    Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a group of medicines that provide relief by changing the body's response to pain, swelling and high temperature. The two most common NSAIDs are aspirin and ibuprofen.

  • Medical Supports

    Medical Supports

    Medical supports for muscle injuries. These medical supports offer support and compression where needed for sports injuries and muscle damage to aid recovery.

Muscle Conditions

  • Strains and Sprains FAQs

    Strains and Sprains FAQs

    Strains and Sprains can be very irritating. Despite often seeming like very trivial injuries, they can sideline you for weeks and are not to be taken lightly. Proper recovery is very important unless you want to risk causing repeat injuries, or worse, permanent damage. For our advice and tips on getting back to full fitness as quick as possible, please read on.

  • Muscle Cramp FAQs

    Muscle Cramp FAQs

    Muscle cramps can be extremely painful and almost everyone suffers from cramp at some point in their life. Luckily, you no longer need to just 'put up with it'. We provide advice and guidance on how to avoid cramp in the first place, but if it does strike, we outline methods and products to help relieve the pain.