Understanding Muscle Knots and Muscle Pain
Does your back feel stiff and your neck ache after a long day of sitting at your desk? The culprit behind the pain is muscle knots that result in muscle pain. Data shows that at any given time, around 31 million Americans suffer from back pain. While there are other reasons for back pain as well, muscle pain is among the most common ones.
What are Muscle Knots?
When someone uses the term muscle knots, it doesn’t mean that there are actually knots of muscles there—it’s just an expression used to describe how the condition feels. Muscle knots, scientifically known as myofascial trigger points, are patches of muscles that are tightly contracted. This eventually results in a small cramp at the patch because the contracted muscles cut off their own blood supply. The lack of blood supply results in increased irritation and the cycle continues.
Understanding Muscle Pain
One of the most common medical complaints is muscle pain, and trigger points often play a major role in them. They can cause a number of other problems like headaches, back pain, neck aches, etc. What makes muscle pain so significant in terms of immediate treatment is the triple threat; it causes pain; it can complicate pain; and it can mimic other pains as well.
Muscle pain doesn’t always have to be something too complex or deep; sometimes, it just happens. Trigger points are a natural part of the muscle and the daily routine causes everyone to experience muscle knots at one point or another. The unexplainable pain that you feel in the neck or back is usually caused by muscle knots. This kind of pain automatically subsides after a good rest.
When trigger points act up, you may mistake them for other injuries. This is because the root cause of muscle pain is difficult to diagnose for an untrained person. For example, for people with chronic muscle pain, it may get difficult to determine on your own if the source of the pain is a new trigger point or the old one. Should this happen, please consult with your physician right away.
Treating the Pain
Trigger point therapy can help relieve you of chronic muscle pain. Also known as myofascial release technique; it is a safe and natural way to eliminate trigger points in a relatively short period of time.
At Shelby County Chiropractic, Dr. James Stapleton DC and his team, provides one of the best trigger point therapy service in Kentucky! With our experienced chiropractors, your pain will go away in no time! Book your appointment now!