Your trapezius is large surface muscle that spans across your back in a diamond shape. Its main function is to both move and stabilize your shoulder blades (scapula). By stabilizing the shoulder blades, the trapezius muscle can create movement of the spine. Its actions are as follows:
The trapezius muscle is a common culprit for aches and pains in the upper back and along the top of the shoulders. Mental stress is a HUGE contributor to tightness and discomfort in this muscle group. When the trapezius is very tight in the upper fibres along the top of your shoulders and neck, then focussed pressure on that area (such as shoulder straps pressing down from wearing a heavy knapsack), may trigger a headache.
So if you're often stressed out or suffer from frequent headaches, you will definitely want to work on stretching out your traps! Below are some great trapezius stretches for you to try out!
None of the stretches shown should cause any pain or discomfort. If you feel any pain during your stretch, please stop and consult your Chiropractor, it might be time to have your spine checked. Click HERE to make an appointment.
I can't stress this enough, DO NOT ever FORCE the stretch! As you're feeling the stretch, try to breathe out. With each breath out, let your shoulder and neck relax more and more. You will start to feel a better quality stretch and you'll feel your flexibility improve as you breath and focus on relaxing into the stretch. It only takes a few minutes, a bit of mindfulness, a touch of practice and a dash of consistency to stretch properly and keep your neck and shoulders free of muscle tension!
Try some of these great trapezius stretches out for yourself and feel the difference it can make!