Do you experience sharp pain in the shoulders or upper back on a regular basis? The trapezius is a large muscle muscle covering this area, extending from the thoracic vertebrae up to the occipital bone. When this muscle is strained, inflamed or distressed, however, it can lead to ‘pins and needles’ pain. Thankfully, chiropractors are fully trained in diagnosing and treating common forms of trapezius pain. Don’t wait for the condition to become progressively worse; seek treatment for your trapezius pain immediately.
The trapezius muscle is responsible for several key body functions, one of which is to move the shoulder blade into the spine. When you move you stretch your arms out to the sides, the trapezius muscle naturally pulls the shoulder blade closer to the spine, giving you increased mobility. In addition, it helps to move the shoulder blade up and down when necessary, improves breathing functions, and provides support to the neck.
Trapezius pain is typically caused from overuse of the muscle. For instance, bodybuilders and athletes experience higher rates of this condition simply because they are constantly working this muscle out. When you’re exercising in the gym, try to be conscious of time spent on this particular muscle. Workouts like pullups, dumbbell rows and pullovers are just a few which target the trapezius muscle. There’s nothing wrong with working out this muscle, but you should keep it to a minimum to reduce your chance of developing pain.
You might be surprised to learn that holding your neck or back in a particular position for an extended length of time can also result in trapezius pain. In recent years, there have been more and more cases of individuals developing trapezius pain from holding a phone up against their ear. When your head is tilted to the side for hours on end, the opposite side of the trapezius muscle stretches. Keeping your head in this position too long will result in trapezius pain.
There are a couple steps you can take to help reduce your chance of developing trapezius pain. For starters, you should try to get into the habit of standing up and stretching at least once an hour. Whether you are sitting on the couch watching television or working in the office, give yourself a short 2-3 minute to stretch once every hour. Stand up and stretch your hands up to the ceiling before bringing them down to your feet. Next, twist your body from side to side. Even if you don’t have the ability to stand up, you can still perform a ‘neck roll’ stretch by rolling your head around in a circular motion. Stretches such as this will condition the trapezius muscle, reducing the chance of problems arising in the future.
A professional chiropractor can oftentimes treat common forms of trapezius pain. If you are experiencing pain in the upper back and shoulders, schedule an appointment with your chiropractor. A massage therapy session can oftentimes relieve the tension and stress caused from overuse of the trapezius muscle. Depending on your specific condition, the chiropractor may also recommend a series of adjustments and manipulations.Share