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What’s Causing Muscle Knots in Your Back and How To Treat Them

What’s Causing Muscle Knots in Your Back and How To Treat Them

If you have throbbing bad back pain in the upper area of your back around your neck, it is most likely due to muscle knots. 

Muscle knots cause a deep dull, painful, and recurring discomfort. They are frequent not only in the shoulder blade area, but also in the thigh, calf muscle, buttocks, and u-curve.

What Causes Back Muscle Knots?

A variety of factors can cause a muscle knot:

  • Muscle overuse
  • Bad posture
  • Dehydration
  • Fatigue
  • Poor sleeping habits

Many of these factors interact with one another. For example, if you don’t get enough sleep, you may have poor posture because you’re too tired to stand up straight. Stress can also cause muscle knots and disrupt your sleep.

Our muscle fibers should stretch and relax regularly. Sitting at a desk all day in front of a computer causes the muscle fibers to become sticky, which leads to tissue formation that results in muscle knots.

Muscle knots symptoms include:

  • Dull, throbbing discomfort that doesn’t go away.
  • Widespread pain that’s difficult to pinpoint.
  • Deep-seated pains that cause discomfort when activated.
  • Pain that frequently becomes active in cold and damp weather.

How to treat muscle knots in your back:

You have several options to experience back relief from recurring pain caused by muscular knots. Among the most effective solutions are:

  • Stretching
  • Exercise
  • Massage therapy
  • Good posture while working
  • Ultrasonic therapy or physiotherapy

Acupuncture and chiropractic therapies may also help you feel better. You can loosen the knot on your own using a massage technique. 

Locate the knot in your muscle and rub it hard with your fingertips. Press down firmly and circle the knot several times. If your fingers can’t reach the knot, lay on a foam roller or a tennis ball to provide pressure to the right spot.

Muscle knots are usually harmless, but a deep dull agonizing back discomfort that lasts all day can interfere with your work efficiency. Tension headaches can also be caused by muscle knots around the neck and shoulders.

While you may be able to reduce the pain of a muscle knot temporarily, you can ask for professional help to treat the problem in the long run.

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