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The term myogelosis is derived from the Greek and means "frozen muscle" and thus vividly describes the condition. The muscles feel hard, as if frozen, and not soft and flexible.

The nodules that can be felt inside the tissue in cases of myogelosis are lactic acid (lactate). This by-product is created when, while making extreme efforts, the body is forced to obtain its energy in an anaerobic way, meaning without oxygen. It thus literally turns sour, becomes exhausted and starts to increase its production of lactic acid. Normally, a myogelosis recedes on its own.


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