Let’s start with the basics of movement. Movement is the lengthening and shortening of muscles which will move and change the angle of the joints they cross. To achieve this shortening affect the muscles have to go through a process of sodium and calcium exchange that leads to the muscle contraction. This exchange is not inherently negative. However, this exchange can leave bi-product that builds up in the muscle tissue. Overuse or excessive use (excessive exchange) of any one muscle or groups of muscles can also leave bi-product within the muscle. This excessive use can range from powerlifting in crossfit to endurance running. But it can also come from looking down at your phone (text-neck)and typing on a computer (tennis elbow). The former is a sexier and more fun way to achieve the poor tissue quality. But both can lead to Muscle Knots, Kinks, Trigger Points, Adhesions AKA Issues in the Tissues! These are all imperfections in the muscle tissue. We use a variety of therapies to reduce these Muscle Knots, Kinks, Trigger Points, Adhesions including Active Release Technique, Graston (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Modalities or IASTM), Motor Nerve Stimulation (carries the bi-products away) to name a few. More on how Active Release Technique and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Modalities eliminate trigger points in the next blog.