When your neck and shoulders are tight with pain, it can be difficult to pinpoint what’s causing the discomfort. It’s frustrating living with sore or stiff muscles every day. Most neck and shoulder pains derive from issues with the upper trapezius in the body. The upper trapezius muscles are made up of complex structures that can contribute to tension and pain in one or more areas.

What Is the Trapezius?

The trapezius muscle is made up of three components that roughly cover most of the upper back area.

Those who work jobs or spend time behind a computer monitor have experienced trapezius muscle pain from hunched shoulders. This can shorten the upper trap, which puts the middle and lower trapezius in an elongated position, making it hard for them to work properly.

Repetitive overhead motions can lead to muscle fatigue in your trapezius; you’d be using the middle and lower traps less, which means that your upper trapezius will need to use more effort. As a result, the upper trapezius will adapt by shortening to create a passive mechanism to stabilize your shoulders. This can create poor posture and decreased use of the middle and lower trapezius. 

Tightness and pain can develop as the muscles begin to grow weak. It can also contribute to the impingement of surrounding structures, which may result in further complications.


The most common causes of trapezius pain include:


You’ll know when an injury to the trapezius muscle has occurred by the following symptoms:

How Do I Treat Trapezius Muscle Pain?

There are helpful treatment options available that your wellness professional may recommend, such as:

How Do I Take Care of My Trapezius Muscles?

The best way to avoid or relieve pain is to keep your trapezius muscles strong. The best way to take care of your traps is by doing the following:

Are your trapezius trigger points causing unbearable pain in your neck and shoulders? If the trapezius pain isn’t improving, it’s time to do something about it. Book an appointment with Fit4Life today to get the best treatment options for your shoulders and neck.