Most days in clinic clients always ask the question, what is a muscle knot and how does it happen. Here at MSK Therapy we are here to not only treat our clients but also to educate them also so they have a better understand of the treatment they are receiving and why.
Ok, so what is a muscle knot?
A muscle knot or the correct term myofacial trigger points are painful lumpy parts of your muscles. Most of the time you can physically run your finger through that area of the muscle and feel these knots. Muscle knots are very common and although I say common this doesn’t means they are normal.
When a muscle is put under chronic stress, this causes micro tearing of the muscle tissue resulting in the build up of scar tissue. This scar tissue is the muscle connecting back together but instead of it connecting back together in a straight line formation it heals back together in a knot formation. If left untreated your muscle will lose its elasticity and cause other postural related stresses.
Once these muscle fibers are micro torn, they become inflamed in that specific area and become tense and painful.
VERY SIMPLE EXAMPLE
You have a shoe lace which is 10cm long (this is your muscle)
You cut the shoe lace in half (this is the micro tearing of the muscle)
You tie the shoe lace in a knot to connect it back together (this is the scar tissue build up)
Because you have ties the knot in the shoe lace it is now no longer 10cm and in fact is 8cm in length (this is the lost elasticity)
What causes muscle knots?
- Sedentary lifestyle due to weak muscles
- Poor posture putting constant strain through the muscle
- Overusing or injuring a muscle directly
- ………….. MOST DAILY THINGS CAN CAUSE MUSCLE KNOTS
Treatment for muscle knots?
- Rest, if you’re in pain, it is your body’s way of saying it needs a break.
- Sports Massage (Trigger Point Therapy) is great to break down the scar tissue, relax the muscle and restore the muscle back to its normal function pain free.
- Hot and Cold Therapy, applying hot and cold can help with the healing of muscle knots. Whilst the cold constricts the muscle to decrease the swelling the heat will relax the muscle, increase blood flow and promotes healing. The combination of the hot and cold will give the body a faster chance of healing. Apply this method for 10 minutes at a time.
- Stretching to gain the elasticity back in your muscle to regain its normal length and to prevent re occurrence. Always stretch for 40 seconds each body part.
- Exercise to strengthen up the muscle so that your body becomes stronger making those knots less likely to return. Seek a exercise programme from a professional practitioner.
If you suffer from muscle knots, for further information or to book in with one of our certified practitioners, please contact the clinic on 0191 241 4373 or visit our website on www.msk-therapy.co.uk. MSK Therapy have been providing Sports Massage Newcastle for over 7 years now and we specifically Specialise in Sports Massage.
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