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How to Get Rid of Muscle Knots

Marlene Alphonse Jun 18, 2019
Muscle knots in any part of the body can be quite agonizing, which may indicate the presence of some serious health disorder. It is essential to know the causes and signs of this muscle problem, so that prompt treatment is administered...
Formation of knots or experiencing tightness in the muscles can be quite discomforting. Muscle knots, which is also referred to as myofascial trigger points in medical terminology, can occur spontaneously, at any point of the day or night. At times, muscle knots may need little provocation to appear.
These painful outgrowths can occur when you are sleeping, showering or reaching out for something. Knotting of the muscles, which are usually described as abnormal areas and appear as a lumpy formation, may trigger agonizing pain which can cause hindrance to the daily routine.

Causative Factors for Muscle Knots

It is necessary to be familiar with how to remove muscle knots before it's too late and leads to other unwanted complications. There can be several reasons why muscle knots may appear in any part of the body and cause stabbing pain and discomfort. Here are a few causative factors why the muscles may knot up and become sore.
► Recurring muscle spasms can be one of the reasons why knotty muscles may be observed in any region of the body. These spasms may be because of an injury, which causes the muscles to contract continuously and lead to myofascial trigger points.
► Another factor responsible for this muscle problem is myofascial pain syndrome. Commonly referred to as chronic muscle pain, this condition can lead to the formation of ongoing painful trigger points.
► Fibromyalgia, which is caused due to tender muscles, is also one of the reasons why some individuals may experience frequent knotting up of the muscles in the body. This health disorder may also cause muscle fatigue and a feeling of generalized body weakness.
► Over-stretching of the muscles and certain activities like sitting in a place for a long time, lifting things in an improper way, inappropriate postures etc. can lead to the muscles become sore and subject to the formation of knots or lumps.

Identifying Muscle Knots

The symptoms of knots in the muscles may vary, depending on the place where they have occurred. On observing these indications, it will be easier to determine the cause and intensity of this muscle disorder.
► One of the primary signs of myofascial trigger points is excruciating pain at the affected site. Even a slight movement can trigger pain and discomfort.

► Due to extreme pain, a feeling of numbness may also be noticed in the affected parts. At times, this numb feeling is also accompanied by swelling and soreness.
► The formation of muscle knots stops the circulation of blood in that particular area. Since blood tends to get accumulated in the regions, the area may appear bluish black.

► Other symptoms include a feeling of dizziness or vertigo, tension headaches, inability to move that specific part and a burning sensation.

Providing Relief from Muscle Knots

Though quite annoying in nature, there are a few things that can be followed to get rid of muscle knots and also prevent their recurrence. This condition should not be overlooked and taken as something usual. Timely medical intervention will prevent this condition from becoming chronic, which may take a longer time to get cured.
► Applying warm or cold compress on the affected part is one of the best ways to relieve the pain caused due to muscle knots. The heat will help the knots to loosen up, thereby releasing them.

► Massaging the area is also another productive way for bringing down the pain caused by the knots. It also improves blood circulation in the muscles.
► The doctor may prescribe pain killers and other medications to reduce and dissolve the lumps in the muscles. Physical therapy may also be recommended by the medical practitioner to prevent the muscle knots from occurring again.
It is essential to keep your muscles well nourished and hydrated to avoid problems like muscle knots, spasms and cramps. Getting in touch with a health care provider or chiropractor will help you deal with this problem in an effective way. Take care!