Sometimes referred to as myofascial trigger points, muscle knots are hyper-irritable spots made up of tense muscle fibers or fascial tissue. These bundles of muscle fiber can feel like a tangle or knot in the affected muscle, hence the name most people use.
Although there are medical treatment options available, many muscle knots can be relieved with manual therapies at home, like massage and stretches. If pain persists, our physical therapists in Chicagoland and Central Illinois can help develop a treatment plan.
Not all muscle knots are the same. While the location can certainly impact how the knot affects your daily life, not all muscle knots cause this consistent pain.
You can experience a muscle knot anywhere in the body where you have muscles or fascial tissue. Common muscle knot locations include:
Physical injury is an obvious culprit, but muscle knots have a variety of causes. Anything that can cause consistent and/or repeated stress to a muscle can lead to a knot. Repetitive motions at work, poor posture, and even recurring anxiety and stress can all lead to these trigger point pains.
If your self-treatments aren’t successful, it can be tempting to try to wait out a muscle knot, but relief typically arrives through direct action and a considered treatment plan. A trained physical therapist can help you find a solution to recurring muscle knots before turning to medication or injections.The IMPACT Physical Therapy team is here to help.