Trapezius myalgia describes a condition in which a person experiences pain in the distribution of the trapezius muscle (see image) and may or may not be associated with a preceding injury. Adding a few simple resistance exercises that target the shoulder and neck regions have been shown to help reduce symptoms and work to reduce the likelihood of suffering future neck and/or shoulder injuries.
Previous research has shown that neck pain can alter the way in which these muscles function and, potentially, predispose one to future neck pain episodes. Like many pain problems, the story is complex and not totally clear on the relationship between the activity of these muscles and pain. However, some patients do report less neck pain and fewer episodes of future pain when implementing exercises that address the posterior neck and shoulder muscles.
If you are struggling with neck or shoulder pain in the region shown in the image, be sure to checkout our neck pain program where you can learn exercises that will help reduce pain and improve your overall function.