Muscle knots. They are a pain. Literally. They are common with fibromyalgia and chronic pain. I get them on a regular basis and they are painful, but what are they? I will tell you what muscle knots are and tell you some ways to treat them as well as what you can do to decrease how often you get them.
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What are muscle knots?
Muscle knots are parts of the skeletal muscle that become hard. They are also known as a “taut band” or “trigger points” in the muscle. It is when a muscle becomes tight and cannot release.
What causes muscle knots?
They are no real known causes of muscle knots. They often occur in the shoulders, neck, or back areas.
Some doctors suggest that they are caused by:
- using a muscle after not using it for a while
- a strain or injury
- chronic pain
- chronic fatigue
- bad posture
- vitamin deficiencies
What are the symptoms?
Some of the symptoms are:
- tender muscles
- muscle pain when pressure is applied to the affected area
- aching, burning, stinging, or stabbing
How is it diagnosed?
Your doctor will most likely give you a physical exam to determine if you have a muscle knot. Some doctors will do an ultrasound.
How are muscle knots treated?
Some treatments include:
- stretching of the affected muscle
- massage therapy
- physical therapy
- trigger point shots (injections to the affected area)
- muscle relaxers or antidepressants
- Ibuprofen or aspirin
- meditation or other relaxing exercises
My husband can feel my muscle knots and will try to reduce the tension in the area by gently rubbing that area. I am looking in to a massage therapist because the muscle knots seem to be more frequent and are quite painful.
How do you treat your muscle knots?