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Many people have muscle adhesions throughout the various muscles in their body, more commonly referred to as muscle knots. Muscle knots are areas within a muscle in which the individual muscle fibers adhere to one another thereby preventing the natural independent sliding movement between fibers. When this occurs, the fibers become "bundled" together forming a variety of dense forms within the muscle that feel rigid to the touch in comparison to the rest of the muscle. These forms can take the shape of a bundled ball of fibers (a knot) or a strand of fibers (a rope). The muscles in the body attach to bone via tendons. When muscles develop knots within them, often the bundled fibers have the effect of "shortening" the muscle and pulling on the tendon that attaches to the bone, causing pain and discomfort at the attachment site (joint). In order to relieve this pain and discomfort at the joint, the source of the problem (the knot) needs to be addressed. Fortunately, muscle knots and strands (ropes) can be released through a protocol of consistent deep tissue massage therapy treatments which have the effect of restoring the muscle and its connecting tendon to a more normal and healthy state.