muscle guarding

muscle guarding

a protective response in muscle that results from pain or fear of movement. The condition may be treated through induced relaxation of the muscle by using biofeedback to reduce electromyographic activity.
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The JAS Dynamic line incorporates the key, patented engineering features of the current JAS line - preventing joint compression, assuring maximal ROM excursion, allowing for patient controlled force adjustment, and eliminating muscle guarding - the end result is optimized safety, comfort, patient compliance, and outcomes.
On abdominal examination tenderness and muscle guarding were present in lower abdomen.
When a muscle pulls tight and won't relax, this is designed to guard and protect you and is called muscle guarding.
2) Depending on the gestation, muscle guarding and rebound tenderness may or may not be present.
A It could be an anal fissure, a hairline crack in the delicate muscle guarding the exit to your back passage.