Muscle Knots

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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:

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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
  • swelling
  • soreness
  • weakness

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
  • acupuncture

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?

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Hi, I’m Brandi, the writer and creator of Being Fibro Mom and My Fibro Journal. Aside from my work on Being Fibro Mom, I run a group called Fibro Parenting on Facebook. I've been writing for the Fibromyalgia Magazine since 2016 and recently became the Secretary and Fibro & Families program director for International Support Fibromyalgia Network. Facebook-+-Twitter-+-Instagram

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  • June 21, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    I have suffered since my late 20’s and I am now 45. I tried all the medical advice and meds which did not help. I stopped all meds. I then moved to diet change (alkaline diet) and exercise which helped tremendously until my back tightened up and would not release. I was going to a massage therapist regularly and she recommended her chiropractor. I have by far received the best results so far as my chiropractor also does myofascial which I think is a huge factor. These knots are relentless…..:(

    • July 3, 2018 at 10:26 am

      That’s amazing you’ve stopped all meds and able to manage the pain through diet, massage, and chiropractic care! I hope you get the knots resolved soon.

  • June 27, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    I use a chiropractor who breaks the notes with a special gun and then uses ultrasound therapy to reduce inflamation

  • October 15, 2018 at 9:20 am


    I was diagnosed with RA in 2013 and my rhemy said i have this fibro… Its killing me. Went to chiro and its too expensive. Trying deep tissue massage 2x a week. Hopefully this helps.


    • November 2, 2018 at 11:00 am

      Deep tissue massages work for some people with fibro. I’m sorry chiropractor sessions didn’t help. They are several ways you can manage your fibro symptoms. Here are some natural ways to help lower symptoms: My Natural Remedy Plan (this is my personal plan).


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