I want to include a couple of graphic illustrations or infographic outlining what I describe as the "muscle sponge pump" in the article I am writing (copy of relevant section below). Please have a read and then give me a quotation. I need this completed before the end of the month.
Think of a muscle as being a kind of "sponge pump". When a high quality sponge is dipped in water it soaks up more than its weight in water. When squeezed it will discharge 90% of the water. When a muscle is in a relaxed state between contractions, oxygen and nutrient rich arterial blood engorges the muscle belly just like a sponge. When the muscle subsequently contracts forcefully the bolus of blood within the muscle is ejected into the large veins feeding back to the heart.
Think now about what happens to your beautiful sponge if it is left wet on the sink bench in the sun for several days: It becomes hard and brittle. When dipped into water, it picks up barely any fluid and it resists squeezing. This is what muscles become like with decades of hard exercise and poor nutrition.
If we then take that hard, dry sponge and dip it in warm, clean, soapy water and patiently massage it, the sponge will gradually resume most of its original qualities. But it does take time. Massage and nutrition work in the same way to gradually restore muscles to their original state of tone and pliability.
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