If you have ever suffered from muscle knots, or adhesions, you will know they can be, quite literally, a pain in the neck!
Muscle knots are also called 'trigger points'. The tissue connecting your muscle to bone is called 'fascia' and any pain which is felt here or in skeletal muscles is usually as a result of a muscle knot. Any muscle knot can usually be felt as a nodule or tighter tissue when applying pressure to an area. These knots can be thought of as muscle spasms which occur when a muscle is overworked.
These knots can occur all over the body but are commonly found in the back and shoulders. Applying pressure can ease the pain and regular massage will help reduce the tension and relax the muscle.
Applying heat helps too. Even just sitting in a bath will reduce the pain. Hot stone massage uses both the warmth and the pressure to disperse the tension, and will de-stress and relax at the same time. A winner all round!