Muscle Knots/Knotty back?
What are those hard lumps in my muscles?
A Muscle knot is a muscle that is all tight, typically found in your back, shoulders, and neck. Muscle knots are stiff bands of muscle that have a hard ball in the center, otherwise known as Myofascial Trigger points. Trigger Points are hyperirritable spots in the muscle, which causes local tenderness that spreads to other distant areas.
The muscle is contracting itself causing it to be hard. This is your body’s way of protecting itself from further injury and encourage healing. The tightening of a knot is involuntary, producing pain, tightness, discomfort and limited range of motion.
What Caused my Knot?
Muscle knots have many possible causes, the most known cause is overuse, heavy lifting and repetitive activities. Other causes are, muscle strain, trauma, overworked, injuries, poor ergonomics, fatigue, stress, dehydration, unhealthy diet, lack of sleep.
Our muscle fibers are made to move, lengthen and shorten, contract and relax. With our life being centered around electronics (computers, phones, games) we sit, and sit and don’t move as our muscles are intended. With this our muscles tend to stick together, causing the knots.
How do I know if it is a Knot?
We all have different pain tolerances and symptoms. First of all, it HURTS!! Also, with a little pressure you should feel a tight, swollen bump.
How Can I Get Rid of this Knot?
Treating a muscle knot can help reduce the amount of time you suffer, there are several ways to relieve muscle knots.