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Trapezius Muscle Pain

Trapezius Muscle Pain

Trapezius is a broad triangular muscle which attaches to the base of the skull, and lies at the back of the neck, over the upper shoulders and extends down your upper back to your mid back. This muscle is more likely to get sore knots or ‘trigger points’. Your trapezius muscle consists of three parts and has many different functions, including lifting your shoulders, holding up your neck and head and moving your shoulder blade.

When you are stressed out, your trapezius muscles are some of those first muscles of your body to bother you. These muscles ache with a burning sensation from the base of your skull to between your shoulder blades. The only good thing about them is that they are relatively easy to massage.

What causes Trapezius Muscle pain?

Almost all of us have at least once in our entire lifetime felt pain in our trapezius muscles. There are various reasons that may lead your trapezius muscle to cause pain. However, complete awareness along with proper physical health care can help you keep away from trapezius muscle pain. Here are some major reasons that lead to trapezius muscle pain:


The most important thing is to first relax your shoulders! Stress is one of the primary causes of trapezius muscle pain. Try not to push your shoulders up close to your ears. Avoiding talking on your cell phone by holding it between your ear and shoulder. Instead, you can always use a headset.

If you are stressed and feel stiff around your shoulders, then you can remedy your painful condition by getting a massage done. Massage the trapezius muscles first, that will help you to ease out some of the stiffness.

Bad Posture:

Bad posture is certainly hazardous to your body. It can build up many physical health problems, making your body vulnerable to various health disorders in the long run.

Many people have a habit of standing or sitting with their heads somewhat forward. This can then cause tension in the trapezius muscles and also cause pain at the back of the neck where it bends.

To avoid trapezius muscle pain, you will have to make a conscious effort to fix your posture and start standing or sitting with a straight back, relaxed shoulders and your ears straight above your shoulders.

Prolonged Pressure:

Exerting too much of continuous pressure on your trapezius muscles can definitely cause pain. This happens when you carry your heavy backpack for prolonged periods or when you wear a tight bra.

The solution is of course to simply stop pressurizing your trapezius muscles for prolonged periods and by also loosening your clothes by getting them professionally fitted.

The best way to treat your trapezius muscle pain is by undergoing proper massages. You can also prevent your trapezius muscles from being strained by physically training your body to keep it fit and strong. Regular exercises keep all your body muscles strong and prevent them from any strains. To know the right exercises for your body type, you should consult a professional physiotherapist for further help.