Muscular knots (also called myofascial trigger points) can develop almost anywhere on the body where muscle or fascia is present. They range in size from the size of a pinhead to the size of a thumb. They result from physiological changes in muscular tissue resulting in a tight and painful spot.
There are many ways a person can get a muscle knot, including;
- Repetitious strain
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Lifting heavy objects
- Poor posture
- Muscle trauma
The trauma to the muscle causes inflammation in the area. Inflammation triggers the body to create scar tissue. The scar tissue holds the muscle in a contracted position and adheres to the facia or other tissue beside it.
Muscle knots can cause symptoms in areas outside the muscles, including headaches and earaches, stress, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping.
The best way to treat muscle knots is through remedial massage, which increases circulation and improves blood flow. This can improve muscle function and help loosen up the muscles and break up knotted tissue.
Tips to prevent muscle knots
- Incorporate stretching into your life
- Check your posture
- Stay active
- Eat well