Muscle knots can be a real pain in the neck—or back or thigh or butt. The ability to keep muscles functioning properly is often taken for granted. If you're reading this, you are probably nodding your head in agreement right now.
Knots, or muscle adhesions as they are commonly referred to, are painful areas of tense muscle tissues. They are typically the result of overworked and improperly recovered muscles, but they can also be symptoms of stress or dehydration.
Muscles are made up of tiny fibers running parallel to one another, which are vital for the ability to contract and perform. Exercise and other forms of stress to the muscles cause tiny “micro-tears” in these fibers. Tearing may sound like a bad thing, but micro-tears are the reason why muscles grow bigger and stronger. However, too many micro-tears in one area may lead to adhesions and knots. Aside from causing pain and discomfort, muscle adhesions may increase the risk of injury. They should not go untreated.