Trigger points can cause a whole host of symptoms such as headaches, neck and jaw pain, low back pain, numbness, tingling or weakness. However, the cause of these symptoms, the trigger point, is usually far removed from the symptom's location.
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First of all, start treating it early, either by seeing a massage therapist or by treating it at home.
Tight muscles usually have compromised circulation, which means that a little less blood, with it's nutrients and oxygen, reaches the area. It also means that the lymphatic system does not remove waste products from the area as well as it should do. By applying heat to the area, the circulation is improved, speeding up healing time.
Following on from our last article, we will take a look at what causes muscle knots to develop.
The number one cause is, as can be expected, muscular overload. Muscular overload is not just the physical strain the muscle is put under, but also the degree of strain placed on the neuromuscular control mechanism. The latter being the weak link in the normal function of the muscle. A malfunction in the neuromuscular system is the primary cause of the development of muscle knots.
Knots are also medically known as “myofascial trigger points”. The question we all want to ask is: how do they get there? Several theories have been put forth as to why they develop, but as the years have gone by researcher seem to have agreed on an explanation.