Do You Suffer From Muscle Knots? Here's How You Can Treat It

Do You Suffer From Muscle Knots? Here's How You Can Treat It, Dixon Chiropractic in Plantation, Florida

Muscle knots can be really painful. They're hard, bumpy nodules of muscles that have tightened and fused. They are hard to the touch and when touched, can spread a piercing pain shooting across the body.

They can occur on areas of the body that experience high stress. These typically happen to be the back, neck, shoulders, calf muscles, and shins. Some reasons why muscle knots occur are:

Poor body posture
Injury to the body
Psychological stress
Joint & ligament problems
Lack of sleep & fatigue
Poor nutrition
Lack of water intake
Prolonged standing, sitting or squatting
5 ways to get rid of muscle knots and experience pain relief

Use an ice pack or heating pad on the area

Cold and heat both have healing properties. They can relax the muscles and reduce the tension in your body. Even the swelling in the muscle knots can be reduced dramatically. This can help your muscles loosen up and therefore not get knotted. So, as best practice, always keep a heating pad or an ice pack handy at home.

Do light stretching and exercise 

Gentle stretching, light yoga, and breathing exercises can open up your muscles and loosen the muscle nodules. Regular light stretching can reduce the chronic stress on your muscles and allow the proper flow of blood to the affected area. This can relieve pain and reduce the tension in your muscles, thereby untangling your muscle knots.

Eat the right way 

A lot of people don’t know that muscle knots and nutrition are directly related to each other. The truth is, eating the right diet, can give you the essential nutrients you need to reduce the pain and soreness of your muscle knots.

Foods and beverages like berries, eggs, milk, fish, broccoli, pomegranates, and turmeric-infused foods, contain nutrients that specialize in tissue repair. Including green tea in your diet can help you manage stress and in-turn relieve the tension in your muscles.

Visit a chiropractor for acupuncture or massage therapy 

Finally, the best and most effective solution to muscle knots is chiropractic care. Regularly visiting a chiropractor for acupuncture treatment or massage therapy can rid your entire body of its pent-up tension.

Acupuncture treatments are designed to provide deep stress relief to tight muscles. In acupuncture, and the chiropractor works to relieve the stress built-up inside the muscle. Acupuncture also stimulates endorphins in the body, which reduces the tightness of the muscles in the affected areas.

Massage therapy is perfect for full-body stress release. Here, gentle movements are used to reduce the soreness that your muscles experience due to day-to-day activities. The massage movements stimulate energy and blood flow in the body. This, in turn, reduces the strain that the muscles experience and untangles muscle knots.

Undergoing weekly or bi-monthly chiropractic sessions can prevent acute stress from setting in and keep away muscle knots.

Self-massage

One of the most cost-efficient treatments for muscle knots is body massage. Try massaging the areas of your body, where you feel the knotted muscles. This can greatly relieve the built-up tension and loosen the muscles.

The right self-massage technique is to press firmly on the muscle knots and move your fingers in a circular direction. You can even purchase an ergonomically-designed roller, which you can place between the wall/floor and your back and roll your body on.

Remember to be gentle on your neck. Or better still, visit a chiropractor for relieving neck muscle knots.

At Dixon Chiropractic, we can help!

Dr. Ashley Dixon has extensive experience helping patients experience relief from muscle knots. Contact her to book an appointment.