What are knots in muscles?
Knots are also known as ‘trigger points’ they are defined as highly irritible areas of skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in over stressed bands of muscle fibers. The palpable nodules are small contraction knots and a common cause of pain in each and every one of us. When a trigger point is compressed it may bring about tenderness and referred pain.
Trigger points are caused in part by reduced blood flow to an area that reduces the available oxygen. As a result, certain muscle waste builds up. Over time, this area can become very sensitive. An area is considered ischemic if less than 5 pounds of pressure causes tenderness.
Effective treatment For Trigger Points:
Being trained in sports massage I often use a technique called NMT – (Neuromuscular Massage). This is a very effective treatment that incorporates deep pressure directly into the areas that are effected using thumbs, knuckles, elbows, or various tools.
The pressure is skillfully applied to the trigger point for several seconds and often repeated to release the knot. These short repeated compressions help break up the pain pattern by interrupting the pathological reflex circuits. As the session continues the muscle tone becomes normalized. Each session is completed with a period of gentle relaxing kneading massage.
The benefits of NMT:
# Improved Posture
# Restored Mobility
# Reduced Pain
# Decreased Tension
# Reduced Pressure on Nerves
# Rebalanced Biochemical Function
Some pain and soreness is to be expected for a day or so after releasing these trigger point areas.
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