Muscle knots, known scientifically as myofascial trigger points, aren’t actually muscles that have been tied up like shoelaces. They’re little patches of clenched muscle fibers that can cause major back, shoulder and neck pain. One of the best treatments for them just so happens to be massage.
What Causes Muscle Knots?
While muscle knots are common, they’re certainly not harmless. They result from improper care of the body, including:
- A sedentary lifestyle
- Poor diet
- Too much stress
- Not enough sleep
Of course, the best way to avoid tight muscles is to avoid everything listed above. But that’s not always possible.
Since many people work desk jobs, much of their lifestyle is sedentary whether they like it or not. Plus, life in general causes unavoidable stress for many. So what’s the solution? You guessed it. Massage.
Untying the Knots with Massage
While all forms of massage are effective for pain relief, Elements of Rockville Centre recommends one modality in particular for anyone experiencing stiff muscles: trigger point massage.
How Trigger Point Massage Works
This method of massage focuses on deep layers of muscle in order to deactivate painful trigger points (or knots). Trigger point bodywork can be incorporated into other modalities, like deep tissue and sports massage. As the massage therapist works the muscle knots, they begin to loosen and become more pliable.
Trigger point massage does count on the client to some extent, though. Clients are encouraged to improve their nutritional intake and exercise routines as much as possible in order to benefit their overall health. This mitigates the chance that muscles become knotted again in the future.
What is a Trigger Point Massage Like?
As stated previously, trigger point massage involves deep muscle work, particularly in areas of the body that cause you pain. That being said, you can expect a bit of discomfort during and for a few days after the massage.
If the massage becomes too painful to handle, however, you should communicate with your massage therapist. Any professional, licensed massage therapist will gladly adjust the amount of pressure they’re applying in order to provide you with a positive experience.
One more disclaimer: don’t expect instant relief. Your muscle knots likely took months, even years, to form. They’re not going to disappear after just one massage session.
The licensed massage therapists at Elements of Rockville Centre will gladly answer any further questions you have about this modality and the benefits it brings!
Disclaimer: Elements of Rockville Centre is not an organization of healthcare professionals. All authoritative claims in this blog have been linked to their sources.