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What are “knots”?

What are knots?

Most people have “knots” in their muscles that cause pain. Clients often ask what exactly “knots” are, and how massage can help.

Knots are usually found in the upper back and shoulder area, caused by things such as posture or old injuries. They feel like a tight band or a tight, crunchy nodule. Contrary to what most people believe, they aren’t a build up of toxins. They are actually muscle fibres that have bonded together and are no longer receiving the full oxygen-carrying blood supply that they need. These knots can cause problems like headaches, restricted range of movement or referred pain to other areas.

Massage helps to break up the matted muscle fibres or scar tissue. Then the blood supply will improve through the area, bringing needed nutrients to that part of the muscle. Knots build up over time, and it may take several sessions to work them out.


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