Have you ever had a stubborn muscle knot? Have you ever wondered what it was, why it was there, and how the heck to get rid of it? Join the club! Hopefully this post will shed some light on the situation and give you some tools to help alleviate your knots.
Muscle knots (as they’re commonly referred to) feel like bumps in your muscle tissue. They happen when muscle fibers or connective tissue (called fascia) tense up and tighten. Muscle knots usually show up in areas where you naturally carry a lot of tension. They can range from the size of a pea, to the size of a golf ball, or even larger. The medical terms, these knots are known as myofascial trigger points. Trigger points are frequently painful to the touch, or sometimes even painful without it. They can cause referred pain, headaches, limit range of motion, and really ruin your mood.
Often times, a combination of these problems lead to muscle knots.
If these tips don’t work, you should see a doctor. They may prescribe physical therapy, medication, or injections.
If your problem is:
I hope these tips help!
– Rachael Turner, LMT, Pilates instructor & Founder of Inertia6