Do you know what causes the “knots” or muscle spasms in your upper back and shoulders? Would you be surprised if I told you it is most often muscles?
A knot is a contraction or spasm in a muscle.
The most common cause is over-work. That means that you are over-working some of your muscles while others don’t get used enough.
When you were a child, you used all of your 600+ muscles. Then you grew up. As adults, most of use use fewer than 100 muscles on a daily basis. Not good.
Not good at all.
Some of your muscles are getting short from being used all the time. Some are getting stretched because they aren’t used enough. They get weak and cannot hold their own against the stronger, shorter muscles.
To protect themselves when they are being stretched too far muscles can go into a contraction (that means they get short, too, but it is a different type of contraction than the muscles that you use all the time.) That protects the stretched, weak muscles from injury (being ripped) but it gives you a “pain in the back.”
Most pain of this sort happens in the back near the spine or on the outer side of the back under the arm. Or both.
It’s a clue. Pain is always a clue.
It means that your muscles are unhappy about something. And when your muscles are unhappy your job is to figure out why and make a correction. You might even have to make several corrections to get rid of your “knotty” problem.
Knots in your back and shoulders can come from poor posture. If you are collapsing forward or have a “forward head” it puts a lot of pressure on the muscles of your upper back. So does a rounded back.
It can also come from having weak back muscles. I suspect that carrying babies or other heavy things on your hip causes lots of knots in backs. And of course there are other causes. Even using a computer mouse in an incorrect position can be a cause.
The good news is that most of the causes of those miserable knots involve muscles and muscles are treatable!
And now I’d like to invite you to discover how to heal the pain (<– click here) in your upper back naturally.
It doesn’t matter whether you call them knots, muscles spasms or contractions, the fact is they hurt. You can claim your free report “Five Steps To Get Rid Of Those Miserable Knots In Your Back” now.
I’m Kathryn Merrow, The Pain Relief Coach, and I look forward to helping you get rid of the muscle pain in your upper back naturally.