What is a muscle knot?

By Downeast Rehabilitation Associates | Apr 08, 2014

 

There is actually no knot involved. A “muscle knot” is referred to as a “tender or trigger point”. The difference between the two - when pressure applied to trigger points, it refers pain other places. The “knot” is an actual patch of tightly contracted muscle.

How do knots develop?

The theory why knots appear is less clear cut, but it is thought to involve multiple factors. Aside from trauma, poor posture, or inflammation, these “isolated spasm of muscle cells” clog up with toxins and are deprived of fresh blood and oxygen. Thus, these muscle cells swell into these spasms or “knots” that often can turn into a source of pain.

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Submitted by Richard Baldwin, PT

Downeast Rehabilitation

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