Introduction

Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) is an autosomal dominant, inherited disorder characterized by progressive muscle weakness, including atrophy of the facial muscles, upper arm, and shoulder girdle. Disease progression may eventually involve weakness and atrophy of the pelvic girdle and the foot extensor. FSHD is the third most common form of inherited neuromuscular disorder, after Duchenne and myotonic muscular dystrophies.1-1-1 It is unusual for the disease to become clinically apparent before the age of 10 years. However, when it does occur in fewer than 5% of patients, it is associated with significant facial weakness. The common course of the disease is for symptoms to develop during the second decade of life. Both retinal vasculopathy and high-tone deafness may be seen as part of the clinical spectrum of FSHD.

Getting Started With Dumbbells

Getting Started With Dumbbells

The use of dumbbells gives you a much more comprehensive strengthening effect because the workout engages your stabilizer muscles, in addition to the muscle you may be pin-pointing. Without all of the belts and artificial stabilizers of a machine, you also engage your core muscles, which are your body's natural stabilizers.

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