Muscle knots! What causes them?
Muscle knots! What causes them? Whilst it’s not entirely clear what causes them researchers believe that these muscle ‘knots’ or adhesions (known as myofascial trigger points) are the result from continual tension and overuse in a specific area. Common areas for tightness are the neck, shoulders, and back. Holding tension and stress as well as clenching your muscles can create these ‘knots’. But they can also develop due to an injury, poor posture, or long periods of inactivity.
It is well known that massage is one of the best ways to release this tension or stress. If a massage isn’t an option for you, then you can DYI by placing firm pressure on the area, either by lying on a foam roller, a tennis or cricket ball and hold for about a 60 secs while taking deep breathes. Using heat or cooling the area may also help ease the contraction and reduce any associated pain. As always, if the pain or discomfort doesn’t go away, please see your doctor or physiotherapist.
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