Knots (or Myofascial Trigger Points to be Technical)
Not a sailor's knot, much worse.
Knots (or Myofascial trigger points) are actually still a hotly debated topic among sports science researchers. It remains unclear what exactly causes them but essentially they are hard nodules (knots) that can be felt in/on the muscles. The pain can be described as someone twisting a knife in the muscle of your leg, so yeah, not a pleasant feeling....
So how do I treat these knots?
Luckily, there is a very easy way to prevent and treat these knots. It's most effective to break up the knot with a muscle roller or massage roller. They're effective because you can easily target the exact spot the knot is setting up shop and apply pressure right on it to break it up.
It's very important to break up the knots as soon as possible because they inhibit your ability to recover. The lack of recovery allows them to grow causing them to progressively get worse if nothing is done to treat them. It's a viscous cycle that you will want to avoid.
Now I know that muscle/massage rollers help, how do I know which one is right for me?
There are many types of rollers out there but we have created and a very helpful guide in finding the right one for you. View the guide here.
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