All the muscles and the skeleton make up our musculoskeletal system.
It is a complex network that is vital for proper body functions. The purpose of the musculoskeletal system is to provide both stability and mobility for the body as a weight-bearing structure.
The musculoskeletal system also allows the body to maintain its form and serves to protect all of out internal organs.
The musculoskeletal system is made up of the following components:
- Muscles - The cells in a muscle have two major duties: movement and heat production. Joints allow movement but they cannot make the movement themselves. For this they require the contraction of muscles.
- Bones - The bone tissue stores minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and phosphate. Also stored in the bone is the red bone marrow. This is where red blood cells are made.
- Joints - A meeting place of two or more bones allowing the body the ability to move.
- Bursa - a fluid sac that forms in areas of friction between bones
- Ligaments - A fibrous band of tissue connecting bones
- Fascia - A fibrous band of tissue connecting muscles
- Tendons - A fibrous band of tissue connecting muscle with bone
This network is responsible for much of your bodies function so it is important to keep it working properly with regular exercise.