If there's anything else that can bother us more than tailgaters, it just might have to be knots. Knots in the neck, knots in the shoulders, knots in the back, etc, etc, etc. It's safe to say we all got 'em! They just seem to keep sticking their brothersome heads up driving us mad. How can we deal with them? Is there a solution to put us at ease? Yes! Dealing with knots through massage is a proven way to help you 'unwind' and 'loosen up'.
Just what is a 'knot'?
Before we get to the solution, it will be of value to have a basic understanding of just what a knot is, even though the cause of knots can still be elusive, or is debatable. The thing the average Joe knows is that they exist, and they hurt.
Essentially, many believe knots are areas of a muscle that have become constricted reducing the amount of blood and oxygen flow to that particular area. This may be caused by the muscle really never reaching a continued relaxed state, but being in a prolonged contracted state producing tension.
How do I deal with a knot or many knots?
There are quite a number of answers you'll find out there on how to deal with these pesky buggers, knots. You'll find recommendations such as:
- Hydration: drink plenty of water, since the body is mostly water
- Regular exercise: keep the body flexible and the blood circulating
- Diet: many foods we eat cause infection; no bueno
- Massage: yes; we're a firm believer in this. Let us educate!
Using massage to deal with knots
Let us first state that we strongly support all of the above stated recommendations.
Hydration is critical to the body's performance and well being. After all the body contains anywhere from 55% to 78% of water. Why not help replenish what get's lost through the day? Drink up my friend.
Exercising regularly is common sense, yet seldom done. Getting your muscles strengthened / toned and elevating your heart rate goes a long way to promote overall health and well being.
Eating right is something we've learned from day 1. Remember the 'Food Pyramid' you were talking about in school? It's there for a reason! Perhaps another look-see is in order!
Ahhh, yes massage for knots. Since we are massage therapists, we see knots all day, everyday. While you may not be able to completely rid the body of knots, you can help manage them through massage therapy.
Remember, knots are tensed up muscle and connective tissue. Proper massage therapy can help break up and relax the contracted area as well as introduce fresh blood and oxygen by increasing blood flow and circulation. When these vital 'guests' 'join the party' they are essentially come to the rescue, and the healing process can begin.
If you want to get fancy, you can call this 'Myofascial Release'. We call it 'Tension Release' and it is achievably best usually through deep tissue massage, acupressure, and / or shiatsu.
Why these? These types of massage therapy techniques often go deeper into the muscle than the more common Swedish massage. While Swedish massage may be great, the goal is to break up the muscle tissue which may cause a sense of discomfort bringing the old adage to mind: No pain, no gain.
Skilled massage therapists
Our recommendation to you is to find a reputable, professional massage therapy studio close by and make massage therapy a regular part of your health routine. By getting a massage 2 – 4 times a month, you are taking a proactive approach to staying relaxed, managing your stress level, and guarding against the build up of knots that are prone to resurface.
At U & I Massage in Torrance California, we are skilled in dealing with knots through massage and can help you stay on top of managing them so they do not take away from enjoying your life and the things you love doing. We are happy to partner with you and hope to see you soon! Please visit our website at uimassage.com or click this link: Massage Torrance .