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How Physiotherapy Can Help With Trapezius Strain

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Trapezius strain is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain, neck pain, 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?

Kitchener 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 soft tissue techniques 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

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 physio, 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. Eric Bowman is a physiotherapist in Waterloo.

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Eric Bowman, BSc, MPT, PT

Physiotherapist Eric Bowman graduated with a B.Sc. in Honours Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo in 2013 where he studied under world famous back researcher Stuart McGill. After completing his B.Sc. he researched exercise and osteoporosis under Lora Giangregorio at the UW Bone Health lab before completing his Masters of Physical Therapy at Western University in 2015 and becoming Canadian Powerlifting Union Coaching Workshop Certified in 2018. Eric’s areas of interest are rehabilitation for sports injuries, the elderly, and people with chronic pain. Outside of his clinical work Eric also contributes to course development and guest lecturing in the Kinesiology program at the University of Waterloo and has contributed to course development and review in the Western University Physiotherapy program. Eric has also competed in powerlifting.

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