Knots, also known as myofascial trigger points, can be an incredibly painful and persistent problem that can develop after a massage. When a muscle becomes inflamed, small nodules called trigger points can form in the muscle fibers. These trigger points can cause pain in the area, but can also cause pain in other areas of the body as well. When the knot is massaged, it can cause the release of lactic acid, which can cause inflammation, further irritating the muscle fibers and leading to more pain. Knots can also be a sign of poor posture or muscle imbalances, and can be aggravated by repetitive motions.

Knots can be a source of chronic pain that can interfere with many daily activities, and can limit one’s range of motion and overall quality of life. The knots can be difficult to treat and can linger for weeks or even months without adequate treatment. Massage therapy can be helpful in reducing trigger points, as the pressure from the massage can help break down the adhesions and reduce inflammation and pain. However, it is important that the massage be done by a trained professional who can assess the area and use the proper technique to ensure that the knots are treated in the most effective way possible.

Although massage can be helpful in reducing knots, it is important to remember that the knots may still be present, and can lead to pain after the massage session. The best way to manage knots is to find the underlying cause of the pain and address the problem. This may include lifestyle modifications, such as changing your posture or strengthening weak muscles, as well as receiving regular massages to help reduce and eliminate the knots. Additionally, ice and heat therapy may be used in conjunction with massage to reduce inflammation and pain. It is important to seek medical advice from a licensed health care provider if the knots persist or become more painful after massage therapy.