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Has anyone had success in breaking up muscle knots
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galloway - July 13

My physio has used acupuncture and I felt that this helped with pain management for a bit of time. Gave me some relief. I just close my eyes when the needles are going in and open them when they are out. Sometimes the muscles are so tight I feel them and she has to adjust. But I found well worth it. Trying to manage pain without meds.


jordanmakenzie - August 22

You should take long walks to keep everything stretched out. Don't clean house or go shopping. It takes short choppy steps which causes muscles to knot up. STRETCH, STRETCH, STRECH!!!!!


Lev31 - October 4

im have had these annoying knots on my shoulder blade after a car accident and tried so many methods, accupuncture, massage, chiro. seem to all be taking your cash but helps only for a day. and finally i believe i found a cure, its a magic like food it basically destroyed the toxin buildup in that area. and ive felt great for a week already...


NWgrl69 - October 16

I have had that shoulder blade knot for years! It definitely gets worse after driving or lifting wet laundry, etc. Lately I've been wondering if it's contributing to migraines. My sister-in-law works in medicine, and a coworker treats hers by working a slim rod clear under the shoulder blade. I myself have not had the pleasure (shudder), it doesn't seem to be a common treatment. Maybe it should be.


Shellcatcher - October 18

I was a licensed massage therapist. I can no longer practice due to my fibromyalgia ,but I will tell you that if you can find a therapist that understands fibromyalgia they can work wonders. I did joint manipulations ,active and passive e stretching of the muscles and to get out shoulder blade knots you must first work on the fibroids, last, infra and supra scapula muscles then you can make that blade "wing" out like a bird's wing then when finished that blade will lay flat and "loose" but it seems nobody can do that here so I to suffer. I sometimes use a tennis ball to apply pressure to the trigger point.


KnottyD - October 4

I have had bad knots in my neck, lower and upper back for about 4 years. I got them through poor posture and a chronic groin injury that threw my back out of alignment. I had given up hope of them every going away but have recently had a lot of luck using a shiatsu neck and back massager. I got the one I use for $37 from Amazon. I use this is conjunction with a lacrosse ball and its been having a significant effect. Although the massager is designed for the upper back and shoulders I have been using it on lower back with real success, the feeling every time the massager hits a knot is blissful. I have been using for about 3 weeks and have removed about half of the knots in my lower back and significantly decreased the issues I have with knots elsewhere


Itspossible - October 11

There is hope - a ton. I had severe myofascial pain for 5 years. I thought I was doomed to chronic pain - neck, back, legs. It hurt to turn my head. Massages didn't help. Long story short, each painful muscle knot must be released through myofascial pain release. In short, press on a sore spot - it will be excruciating - but continue to press on it for a full two minutes. It will be rock hard, and you will think "this is nonsense" - but after 2 to 3 minutes of steady pressure - it WILL begin to release. And when it completely releases, and the muscle finally "let's go" and loosens up - the pain miraculously disappears. It's truly miraculous. It's been a long and tedious process for me to release - I'm still in the process - but as I didn't begin it until about two years ago (3 years after severe whiplash accident and additional head hits subsequently), it's okay. Also - I started doing weight bearing exercises for shoulder and back - couple with stretching. Finally - a found a gifted masseuse - not all masseuses are created equal! I've gone to several and nothing happened. I recommend Jenni at Blossom Spa in Los Angeles, CA. I'm telling you - she's gifted, and was able to accomplish what other masseuses could not. Bottom line - you WILL and CAN find recovery after longterm rock-hard pain


hazelhealthnut - October 15

For excessive muscle knots that reoccur, I have some thoughts. Dehydration can occur even if you are drinking water. Without good electrolyte balance in the body and the muscle, muscles can be nearly impossible to release or keep released. Electrolytes are magnesium, sodium, potassium and calcium and others. Popular bath soaks include epsom salts (magnesium-sulfate) and sea salts. Dietary vegetable and especially good boiled bone and vegetable broths can give electrolytes. If you have anxiety, muscle cramps - think of magnesium (supplements, epsom salt soaks, topical spray). Along with examining your electrolyte intake and water intake, you might check out cell salt homeopathy, which can help improve how your body utilizes minerals.


hazelhealthnut - October 15

Drugs for sedation and muscle relaxation may be ok for a short duration. But used frequently, they make things worse. Why ? they increase the depletion of magnesium and other nutrients. They also make it harder for the body to find balance for relaxing naturally. A deficiency of magnesium will compound muscle tension, insomnia, etc. You really have to fix the nutritional deficiencies. You have to fix the sleep quality issues. And go slowly if you change meds.


hazelhealthnut - October 15

Before my sleep apnea was diagnosed, I remember trying to walk in the funny sandals that have rubber nubby things to contact the sole of the foot. This was excrutiating - I could'nt walk in them for 5 minutes. Years later, I pulled these plastic sandals out of the basement to use when I moved the garden hose. I could wear them for an hour and no pain. The lesson here is that your body repairs tissue during deep sleep and I have to correct my sleep. I didn't need a drug to deaden my nerves.


hazelhealthnut - October 15

As a massage therapist, I have seen people with very tight muscles in necks even years after a car accident. Beyond electrolyte issues in dehydrated people, people often have neck misalignment issues and unreleased muscles even after they visit the chiropractor and massage therapist. Many practitioners fail to identify the elevated first rib, upper thoracic misalignment, hypertonic muscles of the neck and throat - they just don't know and do the detailed work. I know because I see these problems in people that have seen various practitioners. They start to rebalance when - literally - their head is now on straight. And many practitioners don't achieve alignment and they don't reset lesser known muscles - like the digastric, or the pterygoids. These muscles pull on the cranium and create problems. When somebody gets a whiplash in a car wreak - but doens't break bones, but then has sleep problems they can't get over -- they may have tight muscles compressing the vagus nerve as it exits the skull behind the ear. I find this problem is missed by many practitioners and it makes a huge difference. Neck injury/misalignment plus chronically tight neck muscles can be involved in sleep problems. Without deep uninterrupted sleep, the body cannot repair well and over time, pain and various body issues keep compounding. It is not easy to find a practitioner but you will not get there through continued use of drugs when there really are muscle imbalances.


hazelhealthnut - October 15

The trapezius is very vulnerable to dehydration. Also the soleus in the calfs. These thin, blanket-like muscles, as opposed to thicker, rope-like muscles are the first to be affected by dehydration. Think electrolytes. And if you are always drinking tea, for example, instead of water, you can be dehydrated, or unevenly hydrated. Bone-broth or vegetable soup for you. I had all the symptoms of fibromyalgia before my sleep disorder and nutritional deficiencies were corrected. I also had to get allergy/chemical sensitivities and adrenal exhaustion healed. It took time. It was not easy. But my body repaired and I went from not being able to walk 1/4 mile without pain to being able to golf 9 - 18 holes. IT CAN HAPPEN.


NWgrl69 - October 15

hazelhealthnut, you have nailed my bad habits and resulting effects very accurately! I could have spent years trying to make those connections, so thank you! I drink coffee and get dehydrated. Water gives me heartburn and doesn't usually help but a sports drink always helps. I had no idea breath-holding could be a factor. I have had asthma since I was little and taught myself to be comfortable taking shallow breaths so I wouldn't panic. It has backfired and now I forget to breathe and have to remind myself. I have been trying t replace my exercise video because she tells me to how and when to breathe :) I have gained weight and lost mobility since it disappeared. My husband has informed me that I either snore like I'm suffocating or stop breathing altogether at night, lately. That sounds like sleep apnea to me. If the trazedone is causing it then I would say it's counter-productive. I have started probiotics and fiber supplements,but most likely don't hydrate well enough to make them effective. I will definitely be doing soups with careful attention to salts. I don't want more drugs, I want to be productive!


Blabla4joy - December 14

Everything you all said is making so much sense to me. Seems I may be able to try a few things to help me. I've been going through all these things for years and doctors tell me it's anxiety and depression. I have had chiropractors and massage therapist tell me I don't know how to relax. I have so much muscle tension and tightness and yes knots to. Swelling all over, some days worse than others. Force myself to get out of bed and lately missing work from pain and tingling in the mornings. Have recently started taking ambian to get to sleep or I'de be up till 4 or 5am most nights. Exhausted and can hardly exercise what my legs want to lock up in knots. Dehydration has been a real problem. How do you get diagnosed for fibro instead of anxiety? Thank you all for your input.


NWgrl69 - December 14

In my case, it took many years to learn to be aggressive about it. I finally did some research on the doctors available to me and found one reputed to be good with pain management. He did more testing and less dismissing, and finally I got sent to a rheumatologist. He looked at my history, asked questions, and established that I have had fibromyalgia most of my life. There is depression and anxiety for so many of us, but they're wrong about it causing the physical symptoms. I became anxious and depressed because the pain, fatigue and brain fog were making me unreliable.


scottkuen - March 8

I have had good luck with a Lacrosse ball. You have to roll the area with the ball every day, multiple times a day. It hurts. Eventually, the muscle will turn from hard to stringy and then to normal. Keep it up. It works.



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