Muscle Knots Info Guide

Medical check at the shoulder in a physiotherapy center

Muscle Knots Info Guide

We all know that aches and tension are brought on by muscle knots… but what are they and why do they happen? And more importantly, how can you best treat them? Our muscles are the building blocks of the human skeleton, and without them, we would have nothing to hold our bones in place. This is the formation of the musculoskeletal system! Some of the most common complaints we see as chiropractors are muscle knots, and muscle aches and pains.

It is our job to determine whether the muscles or the bone structure are causing the problems. As they work closely with one another in the musculoskeletal system, it’s not always a ‘one or the other’ situation. This muscle knots info guide will discuss everything you should know about muscle knots, and our top tips on how to help deal with them.

What are muscle knots?

Muscle knots are tight and tender bands of muscle with a hard knob in the centre of the muscle belly. Muscle knots are typically found in the back, neck, and shoulders. The hard knob in the centre of the muscle is known as the trigger point, which can either “pop up” (spasm) on its own, or simply be tender with pressure and touch.

There are many causes of muscle knots. Here is a list of possible causes:

1 Dehydration

2 Emotional or Physical Stress

3 Poor Posture

4 Unhealthy Diet

5 Poor Ergonomics (and sitting all day at desk jobs)

How to prevent

Limiting these causes and making a healthy lifestyle change to improve our ergonomics, posture, diet and stress levels are the primary ways to prevent muscle knots from occurring. Muscle knots are usually quite simple to treat but can become complicated if there are underlying issues, which is why it is highly recommended that you read through our muscle knots info guide and consult a health professional to ensure you get properly assessed.

Here are the most common and effective treatments for muscle knots:

1 Stretching

2 Chiropractic Care

3 Acupuncture

4 Exercise

5 Massage Therapy

Home care

The easiest home care activity is self-massage. Locate the muscle knot and firmly, but gently, massage making small circles until it begins to dissipate. You can also use a tennis ball or foam roller to stretch and massage back muscles.

If you suffer from muscle knots, try the above care methods, but be sure to also have a check-up with a health professional. If underlying issues are present, the muscle knots will likely just continue to come back again and again.

To book an appointment with Dr Scott please call 3482 2637 or click here to book an appointment online.

By: Dr Scott Walton (BSc. DC) Chiropractor, Wellspring Chiropractic at North Lakes, Brisbane.