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Muscle knots in back

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fruityb Mon 29-Aug-16 22:06:12

I have suffered with these through pregnancy, though not for a while. However I've developed one in my back halfway down on one side. I am currently recovering from a c section last Thursday and this knot hurts more than any of that business. It's debilitating in all honesty. My OH is quite sporty and has had a good go on it this evening as he has massages quite a lot and sorted it for me before, but sweet Jesus the pain is vile! Is there anything I can do myself to try and unknot this? It hurt so bad I had to sit down earlier as I was trying to brush my teeth and couldn't. I've put deep freeze gel on it when I can put this is a mask rather than a treatment. I'm going to get a massage done I think but any help is welcome.

I think I just need it pummelling by someone but any suggestions in the meantime?

blueistheonlycolourwefeel Mon 29-Aug-16 22:23:11

Are you sure it's just a muscle knot? Please ensure its not a blood clot as you've had major surgery recently.

fruityb Mon 29-Aug-16 22:46:19

I've had them before and know the feeling.

blueistheonlycolourwefeel Tue 30-Aug-16 21:37:57

Fair enough! Have you tried sitting with a rolling pin in that area?

DontAskIDontKnow Wed 31-Aug-16 15:44:25

Put a tennis ball between you and the wall. You can then massage it yourself.

It sounds like you have a tight psoas muscle. Most people do. It's all the sitting we do. It might be also pulling on your quadratus lomburium (sp?), which is a bit higher up. Pregnancy might have made it worse with the additional load. Having a c section and the loss of abdominal strength will probably have an affect too.

The psoas connects the thigh to the lower back. You can stretch it with a lunge-type stretch. I'd also recommend googling psoas release. The best thing to do is release it then stretch.

For additional resources: I have the roll model book by Jill Miller and her tune up balls (used liked the tennis ball tip above). I have also read a lot of material by Katy Bowman. Her web material will show other stretches that can relieve related problems.

maddiesparks Wed 31-Aug-16 15:49:16

Alternate heat packs with cold packs. Also Google trigger point at as I find it really helpful to work on the trigger point rather than the knot itself.

fruityb Wed 31-Aug-16 16:22:15

Thank you all smile sorry I sounded really blunt up there! I think I must have been feeding or half asleep lol.

Will give these a try. My OH kneaded the crap out of it the other night which helped and will try rolling it on the items above. Its sore!

DontAskIDontKnow Wed 31-Aug-16 17:16:13

Roll the surrounding area as well. Tight muscles will pull on each other. It isn't always the bit that hurts that's causing the problem.

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