What is a muscle or energy knot, why does it happen and what you can do to relieve it
Updated: Nov 21, 2020
Have you ever felt that unpleasant strain or constant knot deep within your senses either while doing absolutely nothing, as you may think...You must have wondered what these knots are whether Muscle or Energetic and how the heck you can get rid of them.
This blog will enrich you with great tips and suggestions for how to help alleviate and/or eliminate such knots. My goal is to effectively work out the knots to release the pain and feel the relief you desire.
First what Is a Muscle Knot? Muscle knots are hard areas of muscles that tighten and contract suddenly even when the tissue is not in motion. These knots often lead to pain and inflammation in different parts of the body. Muscle knots are also known as myofascial trigger points, which are small areas of muscle or fascia that become very sensitive to touch. They can occur anywhere in the body where muscle or fascia is located. These knots develop when the fascia becomes tightened and tense, even when the muscle is in a relaxed state. There are two main types of muscle knots: Active muscle knots are the most common as they are hard to ignore. These knots cause intense pain, without even touching the tense area. This pain can become so tight that it will start to pull on other bands of fascia, causing other knots to develop. AND Passive muscle knots are not as commonly known, because they will only cause pain when pressure is applied to them directly. These are usually discovered during self-massage or a massage therapy treatment. Just like active knots, it is essential to get these knots worked out, or else it could cause more muscle tension and pain in the future.
What Causes Muscle Knots? There are numerous causes of myofascial trigger points, from psychological stress to physical overuse. To prevent muscle knots from developing, it is important to understand what caused them in the first place. Getting to the root of the problem... Ever hear that before?! ~~~~~~~
Energetic knots, can be just as painful as muscle knots and reach out far beyond the physical body! And again getting to the root of the problem will help you heal from Energetic Knots!
What is an Energetic Knot? Let me explain that here for you in terms of the physical lower body. Have you ever had what feels like a knot in a muscle on your body? Energetic knots are literally what they sound like. They are similar to having a knot in your muscles, but rather these are within your energy fields and energy patterns as well. We have all felt this at one time or another. That pain in your leg or back or stomach and feels like a huge ? KNOT! This is something that many people can understand on the physical level, but the same is also felt on the energetic level with these types of knots within your energy fields.
What causes Energetic Knots? This is something that is very common for people who are dealing with a lot of turmoil in their life. They are created by a buildup of energy and generally a blockage on each side. This can cause pooling of energy and the knot can continue to increase in size if not removed and the area healed. What happens is one blockage starts and the energy starts to build and build and build. Eventually the flow becomes so slow or even stops that it creates another block on the other side and now you have trapped energy that feels like a knot. This is when the energy continues to pool and the knot continues to get bigger & bigger. This can happen in multiple areas of your energy fields as they are not limited to only your chakras or auras, but can be created anywhere that energy flows for your energetic patterns. The energetic knot holds onto the energy from the pattern where it is located and continues to build for the area causing a low vibrational level and slow moving energy which can then cause even more problems later on down the road.
The most common causes of muscle knots are: Stress and anxiety Dehydration Poor posture Poor lifestyle choices Poor nutrition Overuse, heavy lifting, repetitive strain Bad ergonomics Fatigue Sleeping posture Prolong sitting Muscle or bodily trauma The most common causes of muscle knots are overuse and poor workplace ergonomics. Our bodies are not designed to sit for long periods of time while leaning over a computer. This causes the muscle fibers to stick to each other, causing myofascial tension and poor posture. How to Treat Muscle Knots and Energy Knots
Depending on the severity of the muscle knot, there are multiple techniques and modalities available for you. If the location of the knot is easily accessible, you can remove it yourself with self-massage techniques. If the knot is difficult to reach, or very tense, you will need to have a professional work on it for you.
Some healing modalities for MUSCLE KNOTS include: Stretching EFT/TFT Tapping Supplement Intake Hot & Cold Stone Massage Therapy Exercise Self-massage Hypnotherapy Meditation The longer you go without treatment, the deeper and tenser the muscle knots will become. Natural treatments work magically on treating muscle knots in legs, muscle knots in lower back, and muscle knots in upper back. These remedies are feasible and usually do not pose a threat to your body. Some popular natural treatments for how to get rid of muscle knots include: *Eating a balanced diet by including certain magical fruits will help prevent trigger points. Not getting the right amount of nutrients, makes your body more susceptible to muscle knots. It is quite essential for sufferers of muscle knots to add essential nutrients like magnesium and potassium. Some effective foods that serve as perfect remedies for how to get rid of muscle knots include: Banana's for example are rich in potassium. Lack of potassium often leads to the formation of muscle knots. As bananas have a high-potassium content, it helps to prevent muscle cramps. Other essential foods to include in your diet: Seeds like sunflower, sesame, and sunflower Green vegetables like spinach Fish and chicken. *Supplement Intake: With the decline of vitamin and mineral content in foods due to growing methods and processing, you could experience deficiencies in vital minerals such as magnesium. The fourth most plentiful mineral in the body, magnesium plays a role in over 300 processes. Oral supplementation is one way to increase your stored magnesium, reduce the risk of deficiency and improve muscle problems. Having a magnesium deficiency can be a cause of muscle cramps. There is a host of other health benefits from supplementing magnesium too! And it’s common for people to need more magnesium. 68% if not more people are deficient in Magnesium. AND magnesium not only helps muscle knots but headaches, constipation, cravings... and so much more Not sure is it's for you? Get your free consultation today. *Epsom salt (externally used) is definitely one of the best natural home remedies for muscle knots. You might not be surprised because it is used in various treatments for pain and swelling in muscles. The richness of magnesium sulfate in epsom salt is effective to deal with the pain caused by muscle knots. A cup of epsom salt should be poured into warm water. You should wait for a while until the salt is dissolved. Have the areas affected by muscle knots soaked in the mixture in at least 15 minutes. *While hot compress can carry more blood to different parts of the body, cold compress is super beneficial for the prevention of inflammation or bruising. It is also one of the best natural home remedies for muscle knots. *Hot & Cold Stone Massage can help if not alleviate muscle knots. Indulging in a Hot/Cold Stone Massage is not only soothing but invigorating to your body as a whole. A hot stone massage is a type of massage therapy that is used to help you relax and ease tense muscles and damaged soft tissues throughout your body. *Guided Meditation and Hypnotherapy, both can help with sudden (acute) and long-term (chronic) pain from many pain sources. It may also ease the anxiety some people feel before surgery. Meditation...Anyone can do it -- anytime, anywhere. Meditation is safe to try in addition to (not instead of) treatments that your doctor recommends. Hypnotic massage without even seeing a masseur! Hypnotic Massage is an audio hypnosis session that will provide the physical and mental benefits of a real massage from the comfort of your own home or in my office. We offer both *EFT/TFT Tapping
Tapping is a therapuetic tool which combines elements from ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology. Set an appt. today or catact us today and we can send you more information about Tapping! Basically described as non-evasive acupunture. Works on All Knots!
How to treat Energetic Knots *Tapping, Hot & Cold Stone Massage, Guided Meditation and Hypnotherapy and here are a few others *Reiki First for those that have not experienced it... What is Reiki? Reiki is a spiritual healing practice which originated in Japan in the early 20th century, and is built on the belief that the body is innately able to heal itself. The word “reiki” loosely translates to “universal life energy” — an energy which practitioners believe exists within, and surrounds, each body — and the practice involves transmitting or balancing that energy, through the specific placement of hands on or above a recipient’s (fully clothed) body. Most commonly, reiki is used to ease pain, anxiety, fatigue, and depression, but since at its core is the conviction that the body in its natural state can heal any ailment, the applications, theoretically, are endless How do Energy knots affect me? Symptoms are whole system responses to stress, imbalances, blockages or contractions, and/or lower life force energy. Restoring health and wellbeing is accomplished by a restoring, balancing, harmonizing, normalizing, or promoting the free flow of energy by removing/releasing the energetic blocks that contract life force energy. How does Reiki work? Energy healing occurs when there is a restoration of fluency (easeful and effective delivery) of life force energy and a clearing of energetic contractions or knots in the subtle energy fields. Healing the subtle energy system and fields is essential to overall health and wellbeing. I perform both hands-on and hands-off methods. It is always the clients decision. More on EK's Energetic knots (contractions) come from various sources of trauma, stress, or overwhelm. These can be caused by emotional-physical-sexual abuse, prolonged exposure to stress and severe circumstances, and/or the absence of emotional or physical nurturing. Energy knots behave much the same way that a clenched, or knotted, muscle does when it spasms or cramps up. The cramping energy is restricted from flowing —and subsequently forms a trigger, or hot-button, that has a physical location and emotional activation as well. People who have 'knots' or blocks to their energy system or fields may feel a variety of symptoms. Frequently, initial symptoms are barely conscious and are subtly felt more than consciously known—until they become more severe and impose their presence on conscious awareness. Symptoms in the body can include areas, or locations, that are stiff, tense, numb, cold, or feel disconnected, dull, discomfort or painful. Additional symptoms include nausea, feeling shut-down or distant, low libido, vaginal dryness, erectile dysfunction, bad memories or nightmarish images, and/or recoiling from touch. Psychological-emotional symptoms include being triggered by “hot-button” trigger issues, irrational fears, over-reactions, depression, lethargy, hopelessness, and despair. As an Usui Reiki Master, I am trained to recognize that all illnesses have a spiritual component and that everything is connected–the spiritual, emotional, physical and mental. Therefore, if one of these systems is out of balance the disharmony can be felt within the entire energetic field or web. The goal of a healing is to create balance within this web and create harmony where the spirit is suffering. Nameste' Kelly Elizabeth
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