It’s OK for dough to be twisted and knotted this way. For your muscles, not so much.

If you are suffering from Pretzelitis Myoknotium Twisticus, you had better get in quickly.


Once pretzels are baked, they are stuck in this position until they are broken or chomped.  Fortunately, although they may feel permanently rigid, your muscles can recover.

It may take more than one session for long term improvement.  Your muscles didn’t get this way overnight, but over a period of time.  Begin to treat them right and they will respond.  You should experience a nice amount of relief on your first visit.  Subsequent regular visits can provide consistent progress to feeling loose and relaxed again.

Leave the knots to the pretzels.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at

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