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Here’s What a Muscle Knot Really Is, According to a Physical Therapist

Pop Sugar reports on muscle knots - what they are and how to deal with them. The reporter speaks to Curtis Wu, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS, clinical specialist in rehab at HSS Paramus, to learn more.

"Muscle 'knots,' trigger points, and myofascial pain syndrome are terms that are used to describe the experience of sensitive spots in soft tissue that are commonly associated with injury, or in people with persistent neck/back pain," Wu says.

Wu explains that there is no consistent explanation on how muscle knots are formed and while people can feel relief with massage, acupuncture, ice packs, hot packs and physical activity, treatments sometimes only provide short-term benefits.

"This further highlights the importance of identifying and addressing the factors that may be relevant to that individual's pain experience, rather than just their symptoms," Wu says.

Read the full article at PopSugar.com.