March 1, 2019 at 5:00 AM
"Can you feel that knot?"
Actually, no. Muscles don't "knot;" they are either tense or relaxed. Knots are often normal structures beneath the skin such as tendons, bones, or deeper muscles which are tense.
An interesting quote from the article: "Before the brain decides how much pain to create in response to some perceived danger in the tissues, it will try to answer the question 'how dangerous is this really?' To do that, it will consider all the information relating to the condition of the tissue, including nociception, proprioception, and cognitive information such as memories, emotions, diagnoses, and mental images of the tissue. If you are constantly telling yourself that your muscles are tied into knots, this is one of the inputs into the system, and it doesn’t sound like good news."