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Cause of Muscle Knots


We've all experienced muscle knots at some stage – those persistent, often painful spots of tension that we get in the shoulders, neck, back, hips, or other areas of your body.  The scientific name for muscle knots is myofascial trigger points, and while there is no definitive medical explanation as to why muscle knots form, several theories are developing

Here is some information about the nature of muscle knots, as well as some of the treatment  methods currently being used.

What few people realize is how mysterious these muscle knots form, which is by triggering a reaction where the muscle never relaxes and appears to be actively in use. The persistent active condition of the muscle leads to muscle spasms, which in turn becomes the root cause of the muscle knot.

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Muscle knots are not fully understood by science, although there are many methods of treating them.  Muscle knots sit on the boundary between so many different issues.  For example, a muscle knot is affected by dietary habits, psychological conditions, various illnesses, physical activities, and many other sources of anxiety and stress. They can be treated by methods as diverse as chiropractic manipulation, muscle relaxants, yoga, stretches, and with certain healing treatments.

Fortunately, there are several recommended treatments for muscle knots and some involve the application of deep tissue massage therapy and similar therapeutic massages to directly attack the source of the tension Often, muscle tension can be treated by something as simple as a back or neck massage which maybe somewhat painful, however relief can be sought from the massage process as it tends to ease the muscle spasm process.  By applying repeated and continuous pressure to the muscle knot, the massage therapist slowly kneads out the muscle knot.

Other treatments involve the application of hot or cold packs to the muscle knots, as a means of helping the muscle to relax.  Electrical or pulse stimulation, as well as ultrasound treatments provided by a Chiropractor or Physiotherapist are also common ways to treat muscle knots.

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There doesn't seem to be any one effective means of eliminating the presence of muscle knots, although different people respond to one or more of these treatments over time.  Some people claim that many muscle knots are the results of psychological tension, and as a result, they can be alleviated through therapy.  Other people advocate doing something creative or getting some regular exercise that's often hailed as a panacea for muscle tension.

While it is rare, there are reports of muscle knots disappearing during certain treatments. However, in most cases, treatments are more focused on managing the condition, rather than eliminating the presence of muscle knots.

If you enjoy massages, by all means please indulge yourself. You should probably start out with the basic massage which, no matter what, will make you feel pretty good.    If, on the other hand, you feel that your muscular tension is due to some deeper level of anxiety or stress, find a professional and competent therapist.  Feel free to try out a few different things and see what works for you.


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