Understanding Muscle Knots and How to Help Them

Muscle knots happen to almost everyone at one time or another. They may present themselves as a dull ache or a sharp, stabbing pain often exacerbated by movement. Muscle knots can occur in your shoulder, neck, back, or almost anywhere on the body. So, why do they happen, and is there anything that can be done for them?

Why Muscle Knots Happen

Most generally, muscle knots happen when a muscle gets overused. But, the opposite is also true. If a muscle is underused, it can develop a knot. A knot is caused when the muscle fibers tighten and do not release. Muscle knots can be as small as the head of a pin or as big as a person’s thumb. Either way, they still can cause immense pain.

Another way that muscle knots occur is due to an accident or injury. For example, if you have endured something like whiplash, you may develop a muscle knot. Strenuous workouts, a hard day of physical work, or simply working around the house can all be to blame. For some, just lying down or sitting the wrong way for a long period of time can cause a knot to form. A good thing to remember when it comes to preventing muscle knots is to use proper posture at all times. It is a good habit to be in to prevent issues later in life, also.

Getting Rid of Muscle Knots

Here at Living Well Chiropractic in Plymouth, Minnesota, we help our patients to keep the bones of the upper cervical spine in proper alignment. It may be hard to believe, but muscle knots can be the end result of a misaligned atlas or axis bone – the top two bones of the spine. If these bones happen to move out of alignment, the entire spine can shift to compensate, creating the perfect scenario for muscle knots. We will be happy to evaluate you and see if this is the reason for that annoying muscle knot.

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Dr. Jeff Leach of Living Well Chiropractic, in Plymouth, Minnesota is a Plymouth Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Wayzata, and St. Louis Park. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, sciatica, neck and back pain, and torticollis. More information can be found on our website at http://www.livingwellmn.com/