The trapezius muscle is troubling many people that suffer from shoulder pain, arm pain and/or headaches.
If the trapezius contains trigger points, you can experience headaches as well as arm or upper back pain, depending on the localization of these points.
It can contribute to the following pain symptoms. Click on the corresponding link to learn how to achieve relief.
For a better localization of trigger points in this muscle, just compare the trigger point number – displayed as “X” – in the pain zone pictures with the one in the picture shown under attachment points.
This way you will have no problems to locate them – if present -.
Any movements or activities that are mentioned in the “Function chapter” and under “Trigger point activation” may be painful or impaired when your trapezius contains trigger or tender points.
Furthermore, with too much tension in this muscle you may experience a stiff neck. The upper part of this muscle helps to rotate the head to the other side. Thus, if it is tense, it impairs this movement and can contribute to a stiff neck.