What is a knot?
A knot is when fibres in a muscle are stuck in a spasm which is a mini contraction. Knots feel hard because when a muscle contracts it releases calcium and it is a build up of this excess calcium that stops the blood flowing to the area which is why there is a decrease in mobility and the area aches.
How do knots form?
Knots are formed by poor posture, overuse and accidents. If you have an office job and sit hunched over for many hours a day you are likely to get knots in your shoulders due to the tension you hold there and overuse of incorrect muscles. Stress and anxiety can also cause knots to form again due to the tension held in those areas
How to avoid and prevent knots
Regular massage will help relieve knots by releasing the contraction and breaking down the knot so blood can freely flow to the area and heal away the aches and pains. Ongoing massage can also help maintain muscles to prevent knots forming. Improving posture and minimising any repetitive actions will also act as a prevention as will avoiding stressful situations
What happens if a knot is left?
Knots left untreated can cause aches and pains, decreased mobility and a desensitization to pain which can escalate to a more serious condition like frozen shoulder, stiff neck, back ache and headaches because adequate blood flow is not free to flow to all areas. If left these knots are harder to treat and can take longer to heal.
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