Muscle Knots: What Are They and How to Treat Them

Anyone who has ever worked out extensively has probably experienced muscle knots— a tight, painful bump in your muscles that it caused by tightened and tense muscles. Muscle knots, scientifically called myofascial trigger points, are naturally occurring and can be incredibly painful, but luckily there are ways to treat the pain and discomfort with HiDow International.

What Are Muscle Knots?

When a muscle or a group of muscles tighten up, doctors refer to them as myofascial trigger points or muscle knots! Muscle knots are constantly contracting, hardening, and guarding against muscle strains and overworked or injured muscles.

To put it in the simplest form possible, when a muscle is overworked or injured, it will tighten up in an attempt to protect the muscle fibers and the ligaments and to encourage your body to naturally heal. While muscle knots are natural, they can be incredibly uncomfortable and even quite painful. Some muscle knots can tighten to be as stiff a mango, so naturally there is cause for treating this pain and discomfort.

What Causes Muscle Knots?

As mentioned, trigger points are caused by overuse, injuries, strains, and even trauma to a muscle. Your body’s involuntary response to these injuries is to contract the muscle in order to prevent more injuries!

It’s a good thing, but your muscles bunching up can be painful, so how do you go about treating muscle knots?

How to get rid of Tightness, Soreness, and Stiffness

Treating muscle knots and muscle pain altogether will require some patience. We’ve all been there— injured from sports or exercise and wanting to rush back into action. Please do everything you can to fight that urge and start by getting rest. The first thing that you need to do is prepare to get some rest while you treat the pain.

Then you should look into various treatments and therapies that are proven to help alleviate and treat pain. TENS / EMS therapies, massages, and hot/cold treatments are popular ways to treat the pain and discomfort caused by knots.

Using TENS and EMS Therapy to Treat Muscle Knots

Using TENS to treat knots is one of the best ways that you can treat the pain strained and contracted muscles. Using a TENS or EMS device for pain relief is very simple, and HiDow International offers a selection of both wireless and wired TENS devices.

To use the TENS device to treat knots, you will need to find comfortable placements for the electrodes and follow the instructions for the specific TENS device that you are using. Finding the right placement for the electrodes comes down to what is comfortable for the affected area.

The electrodes will deliver small electrical signals through your body and disrupt the pain signals to the nervous system. This will reduce the ability of the body to transmit pain signals.

When used with other therapies such as massages, heating and cooling treatments, this is a highly effective way to curb the pain.

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