All of us have experienced the unpleasant feeling of “knots” at some time or another. You probably have one right now which is causing you some annoyance. A “muscle knot” is a actually a trigger point: a small patch of muscle tissue in spasm that chokes off its own blood supply. These can be annoying, uncomfortable and even painful. Aches and pains are an extremely common medical complaint and trigger points seem to be a factor in many of them. They are a key component in headaches, neck pain and lower back pain. They can cause and complicate pain problems, even mimic other pain issues. Muscle tissue is the largest organ in the body, the source of much discomfort caused by the wear and tear of daily activities. It’s funny that the bones, joints and nerves are what physicians seem to focus on. It’s not their fault, doctors are busy with a lot of other things. Massage therapists, on the other hand, have a lot of experience with muscle tissue and the common complaints there of.
The right hands can give you a lot of relief, but it can be hard to find the right hands. You have to look for a massage therapist in the right places. Spas seem to be the go-to places and getting massages in spas is great. Yet the therapists in a spa environment may not be the ones to help you with that troublesome back pain or your wonky shoulder. Look for massage therapists with the qualifications you desire, i.e. myofascial release, trigger point therapy, Myoskeletal Alignment Technique, etc. Get a referral from a friend or loved one who has had serious pain or discomfort and found relief. Self-massage is helpful, the main limitation
of course, is your reach! Self-massage is only useful if those troublesome points can be reached by your own hands, tools that you have improvised or purchased for the job, or with the help of a partner or spouse (yeah, good luck with that!). If you are in pain or have a nagging crick in your neck, don’t wait it out, get it worked on. Anchor offers massage therapy and what better place to go than the place you work out? Openings are available on Thursdays and you can use your MindBody app to schedule your appointment. Schedule today and stop twisting in your car seat to see over your shoulder.