Knots? What?

Those small bumps that give you nothing but grief? Those little balls of nothingness that feels like a tennis ball is wedged between your shoulder blades - knots, we've all heard of them or worse, dealt with them. But what are they?

Contrary to their name, knots aren't actually muscles tied in knots - they are small hard lumps that are caused by stressed muscle fibres to stick together instead of moving freely like they should! This causes a restriction of blood flow and metabolic waste starts to build up. This new hard feeling is referred to as a muscle 'knot'. Knots can also cause other issues that aren't directly related - ie. knots in your neck can cause tension headaches!

So know we know what Knots are, what causes them?

Well there are a number of different factors which can result in knots:

  • Poor posture or repetitive actions

  • Stress

  • Dehydration/poor circulation

  • Lack of sleep!

  • Repetitive strain injury

  • Trauma tear

The best and most effective treatment for knots (apart from preventive measures) is soft tissue massage! - Thats where we've got you covered!

Other things that will help with knots and the aches and pains they cause are:

  • Relaxation, dedicate time to self care and calm your body & mind

  • Drinking plenty of water

  • Heat therapy

  • Stretching - yoga and aerobics are particularly good for this!

  • Keep moving throughout the day

If you have a persistent muscle knot that is interfering with your quality of life, make an appointment with one of our therapists today!

Until next time, Jo X


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