How Massage Therapy Can Help Untie Those Painful Knots

September 29, 2016

What are Muscle Knots?


Muscle knots, also called myofascial trigger points, are painful and can even be responsible for headaches. Caused by overuse, misuse, stress, or anxiety, muscles knots can be as hard to work out. Removing muscle knots may take repeated efforts and a variety of techniques, depending on your personal preferences and what works most effectively for your muscles.


In an article recently published by The Spectrum entitled, “How to Untie Your Body’s Knots,” author and expert Michael Forrest writes:


“Everyone who comes in for a massage refers to the "knots" in their muscles. Not a very technical or scientific term, but everyone knows what they mean. So, first, let's start by calling them by their technical name, "trigger points." Trigger points are formed in the muscle tissue as part of the body's defense mechanism. Wherever the body senses damage, trauma, stress or weakness it throws additional tissue at the site of damage in order to repair the perceived damage or to reinforce perceived weakness. This tissue is what is called "connective tissue" made up of collagen or elastin fibers.”


How Can Massage Therapy Help to Ease These Trigger Points?


The kneading motion of massage helps to increase blood flow to the area and relax the muscle knots. For the most effective massage technique, you can visit a massage therapist, who is trained in relieving painful trigger points, especially in areas that you can't reach.


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