The trapezius muscles are commonly overworked and tense, and cause much of the upper back, shoulder, neck, and headache pain that prompt us to go for massage. Understanding and caring for your traps will reduce your pain and let you feel better.
Monthly Muscle: Trapezius
The trapezius, often known as the “trap”, is a large muscle that occupies 2/3 of your back. Divided into three parts, the trapezius muscle has a variety of actions that help move your neck, shoulder blade and spine. This muscle has a tendency to be out of balance due to our typical western posture: hunched over a computer for hours a day. Today we will learn about the upper part of the muscle: what it does, why it hurts, how to help it. Check in soon for the next segment on the middle and lower trapezius!
Upper Trapezius: That pain in your neck.
Actions – Bends head to side, extends head back, rotates head to opposite side.
Common pain culprit – Head forward posture and hiked-up shoulders.
Many clients will exclaim that their shoulders are “hard as rocks”. What you are really feeling are the tensed fibers…
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