How To Get Rid Of Knots In Your Back

Kathryn Merrow on June 7th, 2012

Do you have  nasty knot in your upper back?  Muscles are involved.  Let’s see what you can do to make them happier. First, let’s try to figure out WHY you have this knot. Did you wake up with it or just get it today?  Or has it been bugging you for a long time? Is […]


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Knots in your back muscles are caused by strain on the muscles (generally.)  Knots are actually tender, contracted areas of soft tissue or muscle.  Massage therapy is an excellent “tool” to help you get rid of your knots or muscle spasms. How does a massage  therapist find your knots? Sometimes he or she will kind […]


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Why are muscles spasms in upper backs such a common problem now? Here’s a list of some of the most common reasons. Lifestyle. Computers. Couches. Laptops. Car seats. Working positions. Habits. Weak back muscles. TMS (Too Much Sitting) TMJF (Too Much Junk Food) Poor nutrition But all of these can be overcome.  Honest!  It’s your […]


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Kathryn Merrow on November 18th, 2010

“Knots” or muscle spasms in your upper back happen for a reason. Almost all pain happens for a reason or a cause.  If you get rid of the cause, you can get rid of the pain! Most often the reason for upper back muscle spasms is


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Kathryn Merrow on November 14th, 2010

Judy says, “Hello,  I have not been able to stop my back spasms.  My dad also has the same problem and he tells me I should see a doctor and be put on muscle relaxers.  I want to, but I’m afraid that after I finish the meds, the spasms will return.” “Will this be a […]


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Her upper back pain came on gradually and just kept getting worse. Finally Mary Ann called me and said it was bad.  She was talking about pain in her upper back.  She had been to a chiropractor three times and it didn’t help. I have been a massage therapist for a very long time. My […]


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Kathryn Merrow on September 25th, 2010

Today I’m thinking about Tennis Ball Therapy. Why? Because I woke up with a knot in my back and it’s bugging me. 🙁 When you have tight muscles on your back that are bugging you, here’s what to do: Use Tennis Ball Therapy! Here’s how: Get a tennis ball (or similar ball) and lay on […]


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Kathryn Merrow on August 24th, 2010

When you learned to walk, your spine did this really neat thing.  It developed curves to help you stand “straight.” When we say, “Stand up straight,” it really means stand tall; stand with the proper curves in your spine; stand with your head over your body instead of in front of it. See this fellow […]


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Massage is wonderful for relieving all kinds of back pain and I recommend therapeutic massage for almost every type of physical pain. Why?  Because it works! Massage is old medicine.  Very old.  It’s used all over the world for a wide variety of ailments as a medical treatment.  I even met a doctor from a […]


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Did you know there are muscles in your neck that can cause knots in your back, pain on your shoulder and arm and symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, too?  Pretty busy muscles, aren’t they? 🙂 Those muscles are called the scalene muscles. When the “knot” between your spine and shoulder blade “won’t” go away, blame […]


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