Upper Trapezius Pain

Upper trapezius pain can be extremely uncomfortable and if left unaddressed will have a considerable effective your life. It's often a huge concern for those who spend a large part of their day at a computer or a desk. It's also probably one of the most common complaints chiropractors see in their office. If you ask around your friends, I'll almost guarantee you that you'll find a few other people who experience upper trapezius pain and discomfort. In this article we'll cover some common questions about upper trapezius pain and how it's treated in our Cary chiropractic office.

Can a Chiropractor Help with Upper Trapezius Pain?

The answer is a resounding YES. Chiropractors see upper trapezius pain every day, and are experts at treating upper trapezius muscular pain effectively. Pain in the upper trapezius is usually myofascial in nature, in other words, it's pain that's caused by muscle and fascial dysfunction. This is the kind of pain chiropractic providers treat on a daily basis. The upper trapezius may have trigger points, scar tissue in the fascia, inflammation, movement restrictions, weakness, spasming, or a number of other aspects that are the source of pain. 

What are Treatments for Upper Trapezius Pain?

Upper trapezius pain can be addressed with a number of manual therapy techniques offered by chiropractors. At our Cary NC chiropractic clinic we offer joint manipulation (chiropractic adjustments), Graston Technique (IASTM), stretching and exercises, acupuncture, and dry needling. Once you have it looked at, your provider will be able to formulate a plan on how to best address the pain. Typically upper trapezius pain is best addressed by using a combination of these therapies, some to treat the current discomfort and others to keep it from coming back.

Is it an Upper Trapezius Spasm?

When it comes to upper trapezius pain, it's not usually a result of  a spasm. An upper trapezius spasm can happen, but it's usually a result of an acute injury and your body ordering the muscle to spasm for protection. In these cases there's usually a little more to whats going on. Also, realize that there's a difference between excessive tone to the muscle as in tightness, and spasm. Spasms are painful and powerful contractions of the muscle. These definitely DO happen, but most cases of upper trapezius pain aren't due to upper trapezius spasm. Most cases are, in fact, not the result of acute injuries but instead develop over time in a response to a variety of other factors.


What are Upper Trapezius Pain Symptoms?

The good news is that upper trapezius pain symptoms are typically easy to recognize. Take a look at this list of some of the common symptoms of upper trapezius pain. This list isn't exhaustive, but if a couple of these relate to you it's probably your upper trapezius muscle or muscles that are painful.

  • Aching pain in the muscles between your shoulder and neck (these are your upper trapezius muscles.)
  • Warmth or redness in your your upper trapezius.
  • One shoulder may seem elevated or your head may tilt to one side.
  • Constant tightness in your upper trapezius for no specific reason.
  • Knotty type bumps in your upper trapezius that are tender when you press on them.
  • Headaches that seem to coincide with upper trapezius pain.
  • A constant need to stretch, massage, or press on upper trapezius muscles.
  • Upper trapezius muscles that fatigue easy with exercise or daily tasks.
  • Back pain that seems to coincide with upper trapezius pain.

Chiropractor for Upper Trapezius Pain in Cary

Once you've figured out your upper trapezius pain is what's giving you much trouble, it's best to get it looked at by a professional. Our Cary chiropractic providers are experts at treating this complaint, getting you pain free, and getting you back to a life without upper trapezius pain. Our chiropractors also give free consultations to see if chiropractic care for upper trapezius pain is right for you.