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What Are Muscle Knots?

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Muscle knots: more mysterious than you think! Hosted by: Hank Green ---------- Dooblydoo thanks go to the following Patreon supporters -- we couldn't make SciShow without them! Shout out to Justin Ove, Justin Lentz, David Campos, Chris Peters, Philippe von Bergen, Fatima Iqbal, John Murrin, Linnea Boyev, and Kathy & Tim Philip. ---------- Like SciShow? Want to help support us, and also get things to put on your walls, cover your torso and hold your liquids? Check out our awesome products over at DFTBA Records: http://dftba.com/scishow Or help support us by becoming our patron on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scishow ---------- Looking for SciShow elsewhere on the internet? Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow Tumblr: http://scishow.tumblr.com Instagram: http://instagram.com/thescishow Sources: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/07/13/experts-divided-on-makeup-and-treatment-of-muscle-knots/ http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25603753 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25477053 http://www.utc.fr/~sbensamo/pdf/11_Chen_YAPMR53086.pdf
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daniel passarelli (10 days ago)
Massage does not work my ass! It’s the only freaking thing that actually works.... keep on studying man, what in hell do you know if you don’t know how they form and how to get rid off them. SciShow do a little research the next time so that uploading a video makes al least a little bit of sense...
CockSmasher9000 (22 days ago)
I taze my muscle knots. It works
McLovin the Walrus (25 days ago)
I have one of this knots in my arsehole.
D4rkTooga (27 days ago)
Muscle DarkTooga: There's *nothing* SOFT on my MUSCLES!!
vidyaWolf (28 days ago)
Hank, are you holding back some information? Don't get me wrong. All I'm saying is... that's knot all there is to it. ... Ok I'll show myself out.
andywolan (29 days ago)
Massages don’t help with knots? I call B.S. Unless you were treated by someone who did not know what they were doing.
Wireline (1 month ago)
I've had myofascial pain sydrome for the last 6 years and I wish to hell they would hurry up and figure it out. MAssaging the trigger point does work but only briefly, and then it comes back. It causes migraine and nausea when in the neck and shoulders, and muscle weakness and shooting pain when in other parts of the body. Yet doctors almost seem to look at you like they dont have a clue as the science on it is so poorly understood and disseminated. In short, its a miserable situation.
Justin Campos (1 month ago)
Just take painkillers, mask the pain, and continue with your normal life. What can go wrong years down the line?
Frank Lopez (1 month ago)
Great for a video that provided no solution 🤓 nerd
Kay Linger (1 month ago)
Are trigger points not contracted sarcomeres that wont let go?
Ramen Noodles (2 months ago)
;-;
Eric Bowling (2 months ago)
You don't know how to fix them? I have a video on my channel on how to fix it forever in the shoulders. I treat people all the time.
Anjelo Whebb (2 months ago)
muscle knots don't exist
Radu C (3 months ago)
Do one on Texidor’s twinge aka Precordial Catch Syndrome. Apparently no one knows what that scary as heck but not dangerous at all thing is all about.
I never had this in my 29 years. I guess I am not human.
Mama Val Promise (3 months ago)
It's very important to start from the spine when massaging or exercising. If there's a kink (subluxation) in the spine, it throws the *entire body* out of balance, and your local administrations will be to no avail. Pain in the extremities is usually referred *from* a snurgle further upstream. If you massage/exercise only locally, the deeper snurgle will pull everything askew again in a matter of hours. This is a *really simple principle* that you can demonstrate for yourself or a friend instantly. No need to be mystified by musculoskeletal owees anymore.
Chris Duke (3 months ago)
Tourettes awareness month brought to you by Charlie horse the muscle knot.
Alexander S (4 months ago)
these are understood and treatable, the point of this video is they don't have a pharmaceutical treatment worth much; long term pain pills, muscle relaxers. Outside of the pill world there are many effective treatments and preventative habits.
AgnesJulia 12 (4 months ago)
Ow
Michael Mc crossan (5 months ago)
Tennis ball for back knots against a wall gets them out with cold water treatment..
THE DARK TIME WATCHER (5 months ago)
Ssoooooooooo
Lukas Egeling (6 months ago)
If severe muscle knots don't have a name yet, they should be called HCD: headphone cord disorder
desmond geronimo (6 months ago)
Me: oo what's a muscle knot? Scishow: We don't know , and we don't know how to fix them. My work here is done. Me: But you didn't do anything.
Cory G (6 months ago)
I gave the benefit of the doubt. Thought to my self at some point he will surely tell me what a muscle knot is... 🤦‍♂️
N The One (6 months ago)
What about cramps?
Tofu Kingpin (7 months ago)
V-shaped? Why not any other shape? Are you discriminating against other letters? TRIGGERED
Werty Werty (7 months ago)
This video is a bit stupid because you dont have to be scientific in order to know how they happen or how to stop them (it happens to me sometimes)!
Dwayne Poff (7 months ago)
Ssooo...in other words, I'm still screwed and there isn't a way to fix it...lucky me!
Hannah Schiltz (7 months ago)
he should try chiropractic
Jordan Godwin (7 months ago)
I use to have muscles knots near my butt area and my groin area too in the summer is so annoying I try to scratch it but it didn't work that pain is not hurt but it feel so wired at the same time but find the trigger point in my back to help relief that pain and is kinda feel good or maybe to good to the point kinda moan a little bit in my bed room
Alyssa Hull (8 months ago)
Charley Horse
Rossomak (8 months ago)
What do we know about fibromyalgia?
Catullus (8 months ago)
I have Fibromyalgia. The most effective method I've found for relaxing knots is to apply moderate pressure along the muscle/tendon and draw along its length from the side closer to your torso towards the end of your extremity. Picked it up from my masseuse. It's quite effective and helps me stay functional.
dewa pastime (8 months ago)
QQ : why do we have hair whorl?
Exploding Labs (8 months ago)
The views are 666,665 omg
TenTonNuke (8 months ago)
Why is it that humans go from growing and developing to collapsing and breaking down? What keeps us from continually getting taller and developing more and more cells until we're supersmart giants who can regrow limbs?
TenTonNuke (8 months ago)
But why are there muscle knots around my anus?
Omer Magen (8 months ago)
Am I the only one who noticed that little man at the bottom left dancing to SciSho's outro music at 2:12 ???
Lexie Ware (8 months ago)
I've always been told to eat a banana when I get them. Something about sodium and potassium balance being out of whack, which I know makes sense for osmosis and whatnot, but I'm not sure how that causes muscle knots. Not sure if it's just an old wives tale or not but I still eat a banana whenever I get one. Just in case...
Anna Dufek (8 months ago)
In my personal experience treatment has incorporated the things mentioned but the root cause was beyond the physical. I would love to see a video on the link between ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and physical health problems. The book Childhood Disrupted discusses this link and all the clinical research done on the subject. I have found I not only had to treat the physical symptoms of my pain but the reason I had so much tension in the first place. This might not be the case for everyone but it's bringing a more complete healing process for me.
steef4000000 (8 months ago)
massage do help but only temp. they return sooner or later
404 Error Not Found (8 months ago)
I love these fast videos.
DarkKnight2301 (8 months ago)
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Roy Villavicencio (8 months ago)
what's the placebo for a massage?
Mandy Kidwell (8 months ago)
Please do a video on muscle spasms.
Alice Parry (9 months ago)
'...when compared to the placebo..' how do you give a placebo massage?
Ziffer777 (9 months ago)
I've never had a muscle knot.
QuickStrikes84 (9 months ago)
Make a video on acupuncture please!
Luis Fernando (9 months ago)
I will struck your trigger points and kapow!
Novazon (10 months ago)
Fibromyalgia is not a disease. ffs. It's fat American white women who don't want to work anymore going "it hurrrrts" in general area's and doctors going "you have symptoms? oh that has to be medical". No, It's psychological from the start.
Satyajit Indramohan (10 months ago)
I guess I can understand more of Chinese than this video :/
Jangles MaChio (11 months ago)
The muscle knot on the outside of my calve does not hurt
Steven Grayson (11 months ago)
I get these in my Calves. usually When I stretch as I am asleep. wake up screaming from the Agonizing Pain. Hurts so much.
Jaz Zaj (1 year ago)
Why does the shirt always change color? especially when he moves his hands in front of it.
Ashlee Knowlton (1 year ago)
look into dr. Sarno. he is the Pioneer and tension mileneural syndrome, or TMS. pain caused by mild oxygen deprivation due to stress.
TheReaverOfDarkness (1 year ago)
In my body, it feels like the muscle knots are a part of the muscle that tenses easily or remains tense, such that if I need the muscle to relax and stretch, it won't and that's when it'll feel pain. It's not the same as a cramp because a muscle cramp would be when it's contracting too far even when I'm not trying to stretch it--though I sometimes get that muscle knot feeling during any cramp.
Chris Read (1 year ago)
are you talking about cramps
Jason Roets (1 year ago)
We do know what they are and how to fix them. This show just presented the wrong perspective and evidence
Jason Roets (1 year ago)
We do know what they are and how to fix them. This show just presented the wrong perspective.
The Su Ownz (1 year ago)
I'm so tired of living in pain. -sigh-
Anjalena (1 year ago)
I was hoping so much for some help here! I have severe issues with muscle knots and spasms. Right now I've had a big cluster of painful knots running down from my neck and shoulder on the left side all the way down by my spine and across my left shoulder blade! I do have Fibro, and I've tried stretching, meditating, self-massage, heating pad, plenty of sleep, etc etc. It mostly has gotten worse! And sometimes it's causing migraines, too! (though that could be my thyroid issues causing that) Anyway, no answers, eh? =(
Fiona P (1 year ago)
One beneficial way to avoid these painful knots is to do gentle stretching exercises at least three times a day. A good physiotherapist would be able to show these stretches to anyone who visits them
Mark Gigiel (1 year ago)
Shit!!! I have fibromyalgia and was hoping he had some answers. We have no idea sucks.
Waynes Grid (1 year ago)
lame
hao yuan li (1 year ago)
Can scishow talk about other medicine in the world rather than just western medicine? Things like how western medicine sees those other practices, I think that would be every interesting!
dacbom (1 year ago)
Question: "What are muscle knots?" Answer "We don't know". Pointless video.
Scott Eustis (1 year ago)
so, could it be an electrical problem?
Blanche Konieczka (1 year ago)
I call these muscle spasms. get them in my thighs after a week of working on my feet. they wake me up with violently, stabbing pain and can't be walked off. the pain is like labor pains, coming in increasing or decreasing waves. I have found a treatment....weed. tried it in desperation and it worked. If I could afford healthcare, I would probably get some muscle relaxers. However since God is my doctor, I depend on what He provides through his bounty.
Mike Davis (1 year ago)
Too much Calcium, not enough Magnesium... Trans-dermal Magnesium Oil works like a charm
Danae Kelly (1 year ago)
I actually was wondering something related just earlier- why is heat so effective at soothing tight or stretched muscles?
Ghorda9 (1 year ago)
Nobody calls them knots over here, just cramps
jose ramirez (1 year ago)
INTERESTING subject... here in Dominican republic its called "carne huida" that would be translated as "ranaway meat"
KAST96 (1 year ago)
I need the cure to this
Adam Sanders (1 year ago)
Couldn't they just be a few weakened or broken muscle fibers that cause the other fibers to buckle?
Perfectly Peachy (1 year ago)
I get these knots in my shoulders and upper back it feels so much better to massage over the lump in particular I'm always looking for someone to massage my back 😂😂
Moses Salgado (1 year ago)
Given that the other treatments typically work as placebos would acupuncture possibly help?
Commander Erik (1 year ago)
i ask my friend to punch on it hard for 10 mins, and it always solves the problem.
Proper Squat (1 year ago)
doesn't help with pain but does it help with function and range of motion?
AnyFool Knowthat (1 year ago)
Couldn't studies be done by taking samples of the chemical composition around the "knot"? (I thought I heard that the culprit was excess acetocholine or calcium)
Macks Power (1 year ago)
What's the opposite of informative? This video.
Justus Scott (1 year ago)
Most of this was wrong. Not ALL knots are my myofascial trigger points. Massage has been proven to work. Trigger points arent entirely undwratood, but knots in general are fairly well understood. I'm not sure where you are getting your facts from. Even if your information was true (which its not), your statement that "because scientists can't yet quantify it, that means it isn't proven or understood" is absolutely ridiculous. Massage has been around since before recorded history and was developed independently from various cultures around the world. If it didn't work to get rid of knots, people wouldn't have kept doing it. I don't need to understand how my body converts oxygen to carbon dioxide to keep doing it. Source: I'm a massage therapist.
Horuhe Rudilla (1 year ago)
Let me get this straight: We can see the tiniest molecules that exist, objects in space thousands of light years away but yet we don't know what makes my muscle hurt, Seems legit
MattInTheToque (1 year ago)
only way I found to help with my chronic pain AND muscle spasms was take some CBD at night to relax the body.
thefunway123 (1 year ago)
I had this a month back. I thought, "well here I am just starting my life and I'm already stuck with shoulder/back pain for the rest of my life" because I never had a head ache or back pain or anything like that in my life and I was naturally scared. however the "pain" started to get more and more intermittent day by day, for about 2 weeks and then just disappeared, without me intervening. I should mention that the pain started during my exams, and it was just like a knot-like feeling somewhere in my right trapezius.
Yenn (1 year ago)
After almost every back day at the gym I get these knots. Hurts like hell and the only way the pain is relieved is by having someone rub their thumbs in circular motions on top of them. It could be because I don't stretch nearly as much as I should but still I WANT TO KNOW WHAT THEY ARE
Twysted Cyster (1 year ago)
I swear, trigger point injections have saved my sanity.
Captain Redbeard (1 year ago)
As a professional knot sufferer I think it's a psychological thing.
Michael Butayev (1 year ago)
in the mean time, pain killers!
Christopher Fisher (1 year ago)
Have you guys done a show on arthritis? I have always wondered exactly how it works and why some people get it at a young age and some never seem to develop it.
Samuel McCandless (1 year ago)
this video was knot helpful :/
Moi hey est Enigma (1 year ago)
Well that didn't help. What's the answer apart from you knot knowing it?
Shawn Woolsey (1 year ago)
I've had this issue for years now. I've done trigger point injections massage therapy radio frequency "burning of nerves" and have a spinal cord simulator implanted. I still have muscle pain and go to therapy 3 times a week...
K Malik (1 year ago)
Well he didn't really answer anything lol
Marshal Mohamed (1 year ago)
break them down, by rolling on a hard ball or get someone to use their elbows on them, how do I know that, don't ask just do it and break them down, it's a muscle that's consistently in a flex position, don't know where it started from, just roll on a baseball or a hard ball, and keep pressure on that point...
tawon1984 (1 year ago)
I've got a hard knot that makes others uncomfortable.
M C Taylor (1 year ago)
Good job, Hank!
Ashlyn Leisch (1 year ago)
i do high school marching band and i always get A TON of these in my shoulders
DoomFinger511 (1 year ago)
Q: What are Muscle Knots? A: We have no idea. Just saved you 2 and a half boob-less minutes. You're welcome.
Le Egg (1 year ago)
pseudo sci show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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