Fibrous Adhesions - a.k.a. Muscle Knots

Most people who have regular massage have heard their therapists talk about “knots”. The technical term for knots is “fibrous adhesions” and the majority of people have them!

A fibrous adhesion is an area where muscle fibres have become stuck together by muscle waste such as lactic acid. This waste is a by-product of holding or repeating the same movement day in day out, be it word processing, answering the phone, carrying bags, children or driving. Because of these daily activities the most common location for knots is at the top of the shoulders.

Alternatively, knots may be the result of a strain or muscle injury. In this instance, the body had produced glue to stick the muscle fibres together in order to repair the damaged muscle tissue. If left untreated, this scar tissue can remain in the body and can be felt even decades after the injury.

Knots are a problem for a number of reasons:

  • They stop the proper movement of muscle fibres, which are designed to glide smoothly against each other. This limits the flexibility of the muscle.  

  • They limit the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the muscle. This prevents proper use, growth and repair of the muscle tissue.  

  • Over time, muscle starved of nutrients and oxygen will start to waste.  

  • They cause the surrounding muscle tissue to over work. Usually what stated as one small knotted muscle ends up as a larger network of knots they may, eventually, become just one solid mass of tension. 

Flexibility will become more and more limited making the body more vulnerable to strains and sprains.

Where one muscle is not working effectively, then other muscles will ‘kick in’ to compensate. This results in further wasting of the damaged muscle and overuse of the compensating muscles leading to pain, strain and perhaps further injury to these muscles. How can you help your body to release these knots: Daily stretching is a great preventative measure, but once the knots are there, it can only cause the tissue surrounding a knot to stretch around it, without actually penetrating the knot itself. Massage, particularly Deep Tissue or Neuromuscular, literally breaks up the knot, increasing blood flow to the area, which will enable the muscle tissue to start to repair itself by feeding the starved area with nutrients and oxygen. It will also encourage the flushing out of toxins from the muscle and helps to untangle the muscle fibres to get them moving smoothly against each other again.

Repeated actions are unavoidable in life but it is important to limit the chances of possible injuries. Massage should be part of your self-care routine and injury prevention. Attending a therapist who uses Pure Pro’s Deep Tissue Massage Cream makes sense. Its amazingly rich, yet light texture gives an excellent “gripping” glide allowing your therapist to work deeper with complete control of the knotted muscle. Pure Pro’s Deep Tissue Cream was developed specifically to help break down knots in over-worked muscles. It is a pH-balanced, natural formula and is completely unscented. It is extremely versatile and can be used for spot treatment on specific knotted muscles that require precision and compression for trigger points, or from head to toe for a full body treatment. It is a perfect massage cream if your skin is dry, delicate or if you have excess body hair.

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