What is a muscle knot, why does it happen and what you can do to relieve it

Updated: Jun 17, 2020

What Causes Muscle Knots?

Muscle knots are caused by several things including pain in muscle tissue, overuse, strains and even trauma. When a muscle is overworked or injured, it can tighten up. Muscles around the painful area will also bunch up, tightening into a knot to protect the area from further injury—a response known as "guarding". Muscle knots are a bodily reaction or impulse designed to protect your tissue from further injury. The flesh is "bunched up" as a way to defend against further trauma while the muscle heals—a phenomena called "guarding".

The Best Ways to Get Rid of Muscle Knots:

  1. TENS unit and EMS therapies

  2. Muscle massage

  3. Heat & Cold pack applications

  4. Stretching and range of motion exercises

  5. Strengthening routines to encourage body health and core strength

What is Muscle Guarding?

Muscle Guarding is a protective reaction occurring inside of your body inside a group of muscles with an injury, pain or inflammation. When a muscle is injured, muscles surrounding it tighten up to form a "barrier" of protection, like an automatic defense system, to protect the muscle from more injury and encourage healing. ATENS machinecan reduce muscle guarding by easing pain which leads to a reduction in knots and tightness. View this study showing how using TENS along with the right stretching exercises can reduce tightening and improve range of motion.

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