What are muscle knots?
Before we learn how to relieve shoulder knots, we should know what they are. Muscle knots are hard, sensitive areas of the muscles that contract and contract even when the muscle is at rest. These strained muscle fibers can cause pain in other parts of the body when touched. They are also known as trigger points.
Muscle knots can be caused by:
- A sedentary lifestyle.
- Abuse or hurt your muscles.
- Poor posture.
Dehydration, unhealthy eating habits, stress and anxiety can also contribute to muscle knots. Muscle knots can appear anywhere on the body, but are usually found on the back, shoulders and neck. They often also appear on your gluteal muscles. Muscle knots can cause painful sensations and pain in your muscles and joints. When you touch a muscle knot, you may feel bloated, tense or bumpy. You may also feel tight and contracted, even when you try to relax and are often sensitive to touch. The affected area may even become inflamed or swollen, which is important to keep in mind when learning how to relieve shoulder knots.
Muscle knots can cause symptoms in areas outside of the muscles, which include:
- Ear Pains
*You may also experience stress, anxiety and depression, and have difficulty sleeping.
5 Treatment Tips to Help Improve
- Stretch– Gentle stretching that lengthens your muscles can help you release the tension in your body.
- Heat and cold therapy– Using a combination of heat and cold can help relieve pain and inflammation due to muscle knots.
- Use a muscle massage– Muscle rubs help soften and relax muscle knots.
- Release of trigger point pressure– This therapy works by applying pressure to your trigger points.
- Utilizing TENS Therapy– A transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation machine (TENS) works by creating a tingling or buzzing sensation in the skin. This can help block or suppress pain messages in your brain. TENS Units also helps to stimulate our body to produce higher levels of our own natural painkiller, called endorphins.
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