Some of the most common ailments in North America today are back and neck pain, more often than not stem from poor posture, but also from a variety of other sources, such as stress and tension, injury, significant time in sedentary positions (like sitting all day), and even chronic dehydration. Increasing your physical activity levels and the amount of water you drink can help, but so can a massager for muscle knots!
What are “knots”?
Myofascial (the scientific term meaning the soft connective muscle tissue) pain is when the various muscle fibers stick together, reducing mobility and flexibility; this ‘sticking’ is often caused by lactic acid build-up in overworked muscles, and the consequent hard and lumpy texture in the region is commonly referred to as a “knot” or “trigger points”. These can cause restricted blood flow, headaches, and secondary tension elsewhere in the body (such as jaw tension from shoulder knots - which can consequently cause headaches). Is this saying bad posture is a workout? No – but it is saying that bad posture overworks the muscles that are overcompensating. That’s where a massager for muscle knots comes in to play.
Ways to deal with knots
There are many ways to deal with muscle knots, ranging from hot compresses to getting a professional massage - and you’re encouraged to explore various options that work for you because self-care is important. One of the best ways to deal with muscle knots is to massage the area and encourage blood flow, and that can be done only one of two ways: you get someone else, or you massage the region under tension yourself. Unless you have a massage therapist friend, or a significant other / trusted friend who is willing to help whenever necessary (lucky you!), arguably one of the best options is to be able to do this for yourself. To be able to reach those more complicated spots, and often to get your preferred pressure, use a massager for muscle knots.
Benefits of using a massager
If you are a devoted (or even just a hobbyist) runner, weightlifter, martial artist, or team sport athlete, having a massager for muscle knots available for your post-workout therapy would help you break up lactic acid earlier, and this would enable you to recover from your workout quicker. Even if you enjoy professional massages regularly, you could use this between sessions, increasing your overall frequency of self-care! Incidentally, Vigorous Innovations percussive massager provides a gentle stretch to the muscle and connective tissues, and it increases blood flow in the region, reducing pain, increasing range of motion, and improving muscular responsiveness.
If you carry tension in your shoulders and neck, with headaches or jaw tension as a consequence, a massager for muscle knots could help address the root of the problem instead of simply relying on muscle relaxers, acetaminophen, and/or ibuprofen. All of the above-mentioned benefits also apply.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t work so well with chronic dehydration, so drink plenty of hydrating fluids, then look into a massager for muscle knots.
Please note that not all pain is the same – it’s as unique as you are.
If your myofascial pain persists, seek professional medical advice in case there are underlying factors that your massager for muscle knots can’t resolve.
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