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Deep Tissue: What are Knots, Adhesions, and Trigger Points?

Liz Garrison, LMT Dec 22, 2014

If you have ever had a Deep Tissue massage, you have probably asked, "What is that?".  You can feel the knots, adhesions, and trigger points as your therapist works on them.  Your therapist is always happy to tell you but, in case you were too shy to ask...

Knots feel like raised balls of hard, tense, tissue and they are just that.  They are a buildup of contracted muscle spindles caused by repeated movements or imbalances in your posture, etc.  The therapist breaks up these knots by applying pressure around the knot or by stripping the tissue. 

Muscle adhesions feel like a snap, crackle, pop when your therapist works on them.  But it is the fascia or lining around your muscles that balls up from repeative movements.  The heat from friction and pressure your massage therapist applies allows the fascia to contract back into place. 

A trigger point can refer pain to different areas and occur in patterns around the body.  To the therapist, they feel like cool pieces of rice just underneath the skin.  A trigger point is a muscle spindle of fibers that has lost communication with the nervous system and is stuck in contraction.  Your therapist applies constant, direct pressure once the trigger is located and it resets the communication and the muscle spindle relaxes.

Regular Deep Tissue massage helps keep you clear of knots, adhesions, and trigger points as these all cause pain in your muscle tissues.

If you are in the Dallas area, your local Elements Massage at Preston Hollow and can help.  They offer an introductory massage starting at $49 to get you started and a monthly Wellness Program starting at $59 to keep you going.

For more information: 

http://elementsmassage.com/prestonhollow/knots

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