What is a muscle knot, why does it happen and what you can do to relieve it
Updated: Oct 4, 2019
Muscle knots. We all get them and we all want them gone. When a muscle is used repeatedly heat is created as the muscle works. That heat caused the tissue to loose water and become dehydrated. When the tissues become dehydrated, the facia that is wrapped around the muscle bundles gets sticky. Those sticky muscle bundles are what becomes a knot.
Know what is good for breaking up those knots? Massage therapy :-) Deep tissue massage is the process of breaking down the adhesion that has been developed in the muscle fiber. Cross fiber friction and myofacial release techniques are great for breaking down those knots.
Another modality that is great for these "knots" is cupping. Cupping is a technique of creating a suction in a cup that is applied to the tissue. The vacuum that is created lifts the stuck fibers and pulls apart the facial adhesions. You can receive cupping as part of your acupuncture service.
Our chiropractors also have techniques to help loosen up that stuck tissue as well. They use manual manipulation of the spine along with specific tissue manipulation to help the body come in to alignment for optimal health.