Millions of people specifically adults are often witnessed with chronic pains in different parts of their body. Most of these pains are result of bad habits that you follow throughout your daily routine and thus they are associated with your lifestyle. Whether you are taking about lower back pain, shoulder’s pain, arthritis, headaches or other severe persisting pains, they prove to be a hindrance for many of you and keep you from performing at your best levels. Do you know that many of these pains can be of knots that are formed in your body? The purpose of this article is to understand whether massage therapy can reduce the pains and discomfort associated with knots? But before we actually find it out, we would need to understand what actually knots are and how they are created? There are various queries that physicians and massage therapists are asked by their patients and clients related to knots as they work with people in their respective areas.
What are Knots?
In scientific terminology, a knot is a myofascial trigger time but if you want a simple and clear explanation, it is kind of a lump or fall of muscle that is formed as a result of an overworked muscle. Usually as you work for varied tasks, your muscle tissues contract and a knot is created when these muscle tissues cannot release. Knots are slight bumps in your body that are created with buildup of some metabolic waste and they occur at points where circulation is hindered keeping fresh blood from flowing through those areas, thus causing severe pain. A knot as it may appear is not a knot in true sense. It is as we said earlier contraction of muscle tissues and apart from pain, you may face limited movement range and increased stress over these myofascial trigger points.
Why Knots Occur?
Knots can occur as a result of any exceeded pressure, strain, injury or trauma over that point. Any postural stress may also be the cause of these knots. In many cases knots are even developed as you overstress or overuse a specific group of muscle. It may be result of overtraining or extensive workout routine.
Massage Therapy for Knots:
Knots can be taken care of with varied ways. In order to sustain a healthy, fit and active body it is important to carry a regular workout routine with good nutritious diet and some massage therapy that could relieve your contracted or shortened muscles and ensure proper circulation. Massage therapists are trained to deal with varied knots and lumps that may have developed around your body. They use various pressure techniques and massage methods that improve overall muscle health.
Trigger Point Therapy:
One of the most effective massage therapy that releases tight knots and muscles is trigger point therapy. Therapist directly works on the area of knot and supports in reducing knot with sustained compression technique. With the use of fingers, thumb or elbow, a massage therapist applies pressure for deep compression while client should focus on proper breathing. This process may prove to be a little painful as therapist works directly on the area of pain but result of this therapy would surely improve your condition. Just be aware that the pain should not be chronic and for a proper trigger point therapy, get massage from a professional trained therapist.
Sign of Success:
The question that most of you may ask is that how would you know if massage proved successful or not? One thing that you should keep in mind is that release of a knot will not be clearly obvious and you will still see some signs of discomfort around knot even when this therapy has worked well. Complete relaxation would not be instant and that area would still feel to be sensitive. You just need to keep patience and wait for the result to become obvious. Signs of release may appear after some time when muscle calms down. Although release may be partial reduction and not complete rehabilitation. But even if symptoms are reduced, you would know that the therapy is working and you can opt for another session to further recover muscle knots.
Know the difference between Good and Bad Pain:
Good pain would be strong yet clearly positive. It would be painful yet relieving at the same time and you will be able to witness a pleasant feeling. This feeling would be similar to how you feel after throwing out as a result of indigestion. You will feel light and relaxed as trigger point therapy will work.
Although there may be situations when some mistakes or improper therapy could give you discomfort. This happens when therapists massage your trigger point too hard. Signs could be severe pain, burning feel, nauseating sensation or others and are usually observed with beginners. This may not really mean that therapist have applied improper therapy or have adopted incorrect technique but it may also be a sign that your condition is a lot more complicated than it is perceived and thus it may need a much advance treatment.
What else you can do?
Apart from massage therapy, anyone suffering from knots should also opt for other treatments such as:
- Taking proper rest. Avoid any straining and stressful activity for a few days until you are experiencing pain.
- Physical therapy may also prove helpful.
- Gentle stretching and light movements can be beneficial too. But make sure that you don’t over-stretch or pain may get worse.
Knots are really common and if you don’t treat them properly, the pain can increase and become worse. It may even result in postural stress and untreated muscles may even lose flexibility. Later it may become even more difficult to deal with these knots. Muscle knots that are usually located in one part of the body and are identified would be much easier to deal with. Not only proper treatment in the form of a massage therapy with other methods would relieve these knots but would also prevent them from coming back.