In my last post I wrote about whether or not Sports Massage should be painful.
In that post I referred to muscle knots.
I hear people talking about muscle knots all the time. But I am not sure many people actually understand what a muscle knot is.
So today, I thought I would write a short piece on what a muscle knot is...
Can a muscle get tied up in a knot?
No it can't.
Instead, a better term to use instead of muscle knot, would be muscle adhesion.
This is because, in a resting state, when a healthy muscle is relaxed and pliable, muscle fibres and groups of muscle fibres should be able to slide over one another somewhat.
With a muscle adhesion or muscle knot, the muscle (or part of a muscle) is in a chronic state of contraction that does not allow the fibres to slide over one another. The muscle will feel lumpy and it is not conducive to muscle health. This is because contracted muscle does not allow blood and lymph to feed its cells.
So there you have it.
A muscle knot is a chronic state of muscle contraction that does not allow the fibres to slide over one another and results in the sensation of lumps in the muscle.