Trapezius strain is one of the most common causes of shoulder, neck, and upper back pain. It is caused by overuse and strain of the trapezius muscles that run down the spine and connect to the shoulder blades. Physiotherapy can be a helpful treatment option for those suffering from this condition as it can help restore mobility, relieve pain, and strengthen the affected muscles.
What Is Trapezius Strain?
Trapezius strain occurs when the trapezius muscle—a large, thin muscle that runs from your neck down to your shoulders—becomes overused or strained. This can lead to pain in the neck, upper back, and shoulders. The pain may vary from mild discomfort to severe aches depending on the severity of the strain. If left untreated, it can cause chronic pain and stiffness in these areas which can limit movement and make everyday activities more difficult to perform.
How Does Physiotherapy Help?
Physiotherapy can be beneficial for those suffering from trapezius strain as it helps reduce inflammation, improve mobility, and strengthen weakened muscles. During treatment sessions, a physiotherapist will assess your condition before providing treatments such as massage therapy and stretching exercises to reduce inflammation and improve the range of motion in your shoulder area. They may also suggest strengthening exercises that target specific areas of your trapezius muscle to help you regain strength in these areas. Additionally, they may use other techniques such as ultrasound or electrical stimulation to help reduce any lingering pain or discomfort you may be experiencing due to the strain.
Other Tips for Treating Trapezius Strain
In addition to physiotherapy treatments for trapezius strain, there are several other ways you can treat this condition at home such as resting your arms and shoulders regularly throughout each day; avoiding activities that involve repetitive movements; applying cold or heat packs; taking anti-inflammatory medications; practicing good posture; sleeping on a supportive mattress; avoiding sitting for long periods of time; using ergonomic chairs; doing regular stretches for your neck, shoulders, and arms; and eating a healthy diet rich in nutrients like protein, vitamin C & D, omega-3 fatty acids, etc. All these tips combined with regular physiotherapy sessions can help you manage your symptoms effectively while also helping you reduce the likelihood of future injury or aggravation.
Trapezius strain is a common cause of shoulder, neck, and upper back pain that affects many people every year. Fortunately, with proper treatment such as physiotherapy, it is possible to manage this condition effectively so that you can go about living life without any limitations due to pain or stiffness in these areas. The combination of physiotherapy treatments along with at-home restful activities such as stretching can help reduce inflammation while restoring strength and mobility in order to prevent future injury or relapse into painful episodes caused by trapezius strain.
If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself. Eric Bowman, BSc, MSPT, PT, or one of the other physiotherapists at CARESPACE Health+Wellness in Kitchener and Waterloo. We are happy to listen and are here to help!