In addition, muscle tissues stabilize body position, regulate organ volume, generate heat, and propel fluids and food: the scientific study of muscles is known as myology. Functions of muscular tissue: four key functions sustained by contraction or alternating contraction and relaxation, 1. Producing body movements: movements of the whole body rely on the integrated functioning of skeletal muscles, bones, and joints, 2. Stabilizing body positions: skeletal muscle contractions stabilize joints and help maintain body positions, example: sustained contractions of your neck muscles hold your head upright, 3. Generating heat: as muscular tissue contracts, it produces heat, a process known as thermogenesis, heat produce is used to maintain normal body temperature. Properties of muscular tissue: four special properties that enable muscular tissue to function and contribute to homeostasis, 1. Extensibility: the ability of muscular tissue to stretch, the connective tissue within the muscle limits the range of extensibility, normally, smooth muscle is subject to the greatest amount of stretching, 4.