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Back Pain from Muscle Knots

What is a Back Muscle Knot?

Back muscle knots are caused when your muscle fibers become tangled. Muscle fibers are hair-like, and naturally intertwined which allows them to expand and contract. And like the hair on your head (unless you’re bald), your muscle fibers can become knotted. Lower back muscle knots are common because your lumbar region is a major pivotal point of your body. Shoulder and neck muscle knots are common for the same reason. It is less common to experience muscle knots in the middle back area. Your ribs and abdominal muscles restrain your middle back from movement to protect your organs.

What are causes of Back Muscle Knots?

Dehydration, muscle fatigue, muscle overuse, muscle trauma, and muscle injury are the primary causes of back muscle knots. Dehydration can cause your muscles to cramp and contract. Muscle fatigue and overuse is caused by muscle over exertion. In this case, the fibers can become tangled from overuse expanding and contracting. Muscle trauma is caused by blunt force impact. Back muscle knots are formed from unnatural, instant pressure applied against the muscle fibers. Muscle injury is caused by unnatural muscle fiber extensions. Over stretching muscle fibers can cause them to tear or recoil into knots.

What are the symptoms of Back Muscle Knots?

Back pain and back discomfort are the most common symptoms of back muscle knots. Like a knot in your hair, you can actually feel the ‘tangled’ muscle by touch. Unlike other back pain causes, muscle knots are easily sourced and localized. Your back pain will most likely only be localized around the touchable knot. Other back muscle knot symptoms include lack of mobility, tenderness, soreness, and a sharp pain on the knot itself.

What happens when a Back Muscle knots?

When a back muscle becomes knotted, there are three primary problems that will occur around the knot. First, your blood flow to the knotted muscle will become restricted due to unnaturally twisted muscle fibers. Second, the slowing blood flow will lead to muscle oxygen deprivation. Third, the lack of blood and oxygen will reduce the knotted muscle’s ability to process and export natural waste. Your knotted back muscle has now lost basic functionality, which will cause inflammation, pain and increase sensitivity to the touch.

What are the treatments for Back Muscle Knots?

Localized massaging will help untangle your back muscle knots. Massaging actually rolls out and expands the muscle fibers, which allows them to regain blood flow. When your back muscles regain blood flow and oxygen, they begin to regain natural function. And natural function equals back pain relief. You should roll directly on and around your back muscle knot. Sometimes fingers cannot provide the natural sturdiness or strength to roll out stubborn back knots. Our Personal Back Massage Roller is an effective tool for rolling out your own back muscle knots. Our Mini Personal Back Massager is also convenient to keep in your car, office or purse. If you have someone that can roll your back muscle knots for you, we recommend our Personal Back Massager, which includes four omni-directional massage balls and offers increased pressure on broader contact areas. 

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-Back Pain Co.  


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