At Kerala Ayurveda Centre we have had 1000’s of customers come and say “ouch” I have a “knot” on my shoulders, neck, or back. Have you had this feeling where you feel this excruciating burning pain?
A “knot” can be described as muscle fibres that start to stick to each other and become adhered. This new hard and lumpy feeling is a muscle “Knot”. They are very common and tend to be caused due to chronic stress on our muscles.
A senior lecturer in Physiotherapy at The University of West of England, Rob Grieve says, “The knots seem to develop when a muscle tenses repeatedly and “are normally not caused by a specific, traumatic event but by muscle overuse or faulty biomechanics” (also known as slouching).
According to a 2015 article on NY Times website – nobody knows “definitively” what muscle knots are made of. Some researchers question if they even exist.
There are valid arguments on both sides however let’s assume that the thousands of people Kerala Ayurveda Centre have helped in reducing the pain of “knots” aren’t all lying.
If these muscle knots DO exist…
Then they could be blocking your blood flow, tensing you up, and restricting your freedom of movement. The chronic pain can eventually cause a trapped nerve causing severe pain and discomfort.
Sadly, a lot of people feel that they have to either live with the pain or take conventional pain killers. Deflated and defeated by these painful “lumps” of locked-up tissue, that sucks energy and joy out of their day.
In the article I mentioned above, the NY Times did get one critical pain-reducing idea right:
“Regardless of the possible cause, most therapists feel that the best treatment for purported muscle knots is to pummel them. Vigorously massage the sore spot with hands, Dr. Grieve said, or use a small, hard ball (such as those used for lacrosse) or a foam roller.
Here at Kerala Ayurveda Centre massaging is exactly what you should be doing on a regular basis… Even a DAILY basis, if your pain is very stubborn. Just like pulling out a weed from its deepest root your muscle knots need to be untangled from a deeper location than most stretches can reach.
However, a word of caution. You risk tearing muscles or straining tissues if you attack your knots too vigorously. So before you go crazy with a Deep Tissue Massage, lacrosse ball or foam roller make sure you have a SAFE system to prevent injury to your joints. Contact you’re local KAC branch for advice and services we offer for Deep Tissue Massage.