Another name for visceral muscle is smooth muscle, according to Inner Body. Unlike skeletal muscle, which is controlled voluntarily and enables the body to move, visceral muscle acts involuntarily to facilitate movement associated with digestion and other internal bodily processes.Continue Reading
The name "smooth muscle" comes from the visceral muscles' appearance, which is smooth and not striated like skeletal and cardiac muscles, according to faculty at Harford Community College. Visceral muscles are found in the digestive organs, including the stomach and the intestines, the blood vessels and the reproductive and urinary tract organs.
Visceral muscles are the weakest of the three types of muscles found in the human body, states Livescience.Learn more about Muscles
To read a muscle diagram of the human body, find the name of a muscle, then find that muscle's location in the body by following the corresponding arrow or line. Detailed muscle diagrams tend to focus on the muscles in a specific region of the body.Full Answer >
The stomach contains three layers of smooth muscle that allow it to contract to mix and propel food though the digestive tract. Contained in the muscularis layer of the stomach, the three layers of smooth muscle fibers run in three different directions. These three layers of smooth muscle are required because smooth muscle can contract only in one direction.Full Answer >
The type of muscle used to straighten a joint is called an extensor muscle. The feet, legs, spine, arms and hands all have extensor muscles to aid in movement.Full Answer >
Muscles that cause two bones on two different sides of the joint to close, resembling a bending action, are called flexor muscles. However, each muscle has the ability only to pull, not to push, so muscles need to work in pairs.Full Answer >