I named this post Barb because this was completely her idea and she has emailed me with questions and given me multiple ideas for blog posts. Thanks Barb! 🙂 Usually I have an answer. I hate not having an answer. It reminds me that I don’t know everything. This is what she emailed me this morning and I didn’t have an answer for her. GRRRRR!
“While taking inventory and stretching this morning, I remembered asking an OT about something, but getting an unsatisfactory answer. Maybe you can do better:
How come I straighten my fingers in the morning while I stretch when I can’t otherwise? She said that it was because I can have involuntary control without having voluntary control.
Why is that? And is there any significance to having involuntary control?”
I don’t agree with the involuntary vs. voluntary control answer. Involuntary control is like when the muscles of your stomach contract, it just happens, you don’t control it. So it would have nothing to do with skeletal muscles. Muscles of organs are called smooth muscles. Muscle muscles like your quads, biceps, and finger muscles are called striated (skeletal) muscles. I could tell you craploads of stuff about why certain things feel different in the morning and are harder to do but this has me stumped. I don’t like being stumped!!!!!!!