Muscle knots, also known as trigger spots, are areas of muscle which are constantly tight and constricted in a knot-like fashion. Running your hand over the affected muscle will reveal a tender lump under the skin. Depending on the severity of the condition, it may feel like a small golf ball-sized lump on the muscle.
Muscle knots are oftentimes quite painful and make it difficult for the individual to enjoy his or her life. Thankfully, professional chiropractors are trained to diagnose and treat most types of muscle knots.
Bodybuilders, athletes and individuals with high levels of physical activity are more likely to develop muscle knots, but the truth is that anyone can develop them at any point in their life.
When you lift weights or perform other strenuous physical activities, the fibers in your muscles literally tear down. The human body naturally repairs small muscle fiber tears without any problem; however, it may run into problems rebuilding some of the larger, more complex tears. The muscles fibers may bunch up during the rebuilding process, resulting in the condition known as muscle knots.
Taking some basic precautions will help reduce your chance of developing a muscle knot. When you lift weights or perform any other high-intensity interval training (HIIT) exercise, don’t push your body beyond its limit. I know most people are eager to stress their muscles to the limit, but doing this will only increase your risk of developing a muscle knot.
Also, give your body a full 48 hours of rest to recover after working out. This will allow your muscle fibers to rebuild without placing an unnecessary amount of stress on them.
Taking ibuprofen or some other form non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) may offer some temporary relief from the pain and discomfort caused by a muscle knot.
The drug “may” reduce the muscle tension and alleviate the swelling. Of course, drugs such as these are only a temporary fix and shouldn’t be used long term.
Taking a hot bath or shower is also know to help relieve some of the symptoms associated with muscle knots. The heat and steam will open up your pores while relaxing your muscles. If you have a painful muscle knot that just doesn’t seem to go away, try taking a hot shower for 20-30 minutes. This will likely yield instant relief to some of the pain.
A better solution for treating a muscle knot is to schedule an appointment with your chiropractor. They’ll perform a physical examination of the affected area to determine exactly what’s causing your condition.
If you are in fact suffering from a muscle knot, they will advise you on the various treatment options available. In most cases, a series of spinal manipulations and adjustments are used to target the affected area. A professional chiropractor can physically work out the tension using their hands. After just a single adjustment session, chances are you will notice a huge improvement in your muscle knot.Share