What Causes Muscular Aches and Knots

What Causes Muscular Aches And Knots

Do you know what muscular aches and knots are? These are hard and sensitive areas of the muscles which contract and tighten as muscle rests. Tense muscle fibers will cause a huge amount of pain in parts of the body when touched. Frankly, these are also referred to as trigger points.

Causes Of Muscle Aches And Knots

You can get muscles aches due to –

  • Overuse or injury of the muscles
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Dehydration, stress, unhealthy eating habits, and anxiety
  • Poor posture

Keep in mind that the muscle knots and aches can happen anywhere in the body, however, they are commonly found in your shoulders, back, and neck. Sometimes they might even show up in the gluteal muscles too.

Sometimes muscles knot will lead to aching sensations and it might even cause pain in the joints and muscles. If you touch a muscle knot, you might feel that it is swollen, bumpy or tense. Chances are there for the affected area to become swollen or inflamed.

Symptoms Of Muscle Knots

There are certain symptoms which show the sign that you are suffering from muscle aches. Some of them are –

  • Toothaches
  • Headaches
  • Ear aches
  • Sometimes you might experience anxiety, stress, depression and even difficulty in sleeping

Treatment For Muscle Aches And Knots

The treatment for muscle aches and knots takes time. For getting rid of the knots, you first need to break up the knotted tissue and once that is done, then you need to calm the inflamed nerves. Some of the things you can do to break the knots and cure the aches are the following-


It is important that you allow your body to take ample rest. You need to take a break from activities which cause knots or even increase the discomfort or pain. Make sure to dedicate ample amount of time to get a good amount of relaxation, and this includes sleeping for longer hours or lying in a comfy position.


A gentle stretch will easily help in elongating your muscles and it can even release the tension present in that area. You need to be gentle with yourself while you are stretching. Try to make sure that you aren’t forcing yourself into any position or doing anything to cause any kind of pain.


Do you know aerobic exercises will easily help in relieving your muscle knots? If the knots are present in your neck or shoulder, you can do swimming, jumping jacks, or any other kind of exercise which lead to arm movement.

Using Muscle Rub

Muscle rubs are great for relaxing and softening the muscle knots. With the muscle rub, you can massage the affected area twice in a day for cooling relief. Make sure to find a formula that has capsaicin, menthol, and camphor.


Muscle knots and aches are easily treatable, but you need to be patient. It will take some time and by following the suggestions given above, you will get relief as well cure for your muscle knots. So, go ahead and try them.


Saravavan Nadarajan (Vanan)

Vanan, fitness expert and leader at EzFit Singapore, specializes in holistic training—home-based, boot camps, and corporate fitness—with over a decade of industry experience.

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