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What is Trapezius Muscle Strain?

Does your neck feel sore? Have some trouble moving it? Are you experiencing tingling in your arms? You might have a trapezius muscle strain. The trapezius muscle are triangular-shaped muscles located in the back of the neck. They're long, running from the back of the neck, down the spine, all the way to the rib cage. Straining this muscle can be painful, and it can cause problems. Thankfully, there are ways to ease this.

Try Some Ice

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Just like with other muscle strains, using ice can help to ease some of the pain and promote healing when you've strained your trapezius muscles. Ice stimulates the flow of lymph fluid, which helps to heal the muscle that you've injured. Using an ice pack, bag of ice, or even just a bag of frozen peas, put it on your neck and back for twenty minute at a time. Repeat every two hours until the pain subsides.

Give It Rest

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Of course, one of the best ways to let a trapezius muscle strain heal is to allow it to rest. Rest is the best option for healing almost everything. In this case, you should avoid doing activities that might result in more injury to your muscle for anywhere from one to three days. Using a pillow when you sit to avoid further strain might be a good idea, as well. It can keep your muscle from being overused.

Elevate It

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For a trapezius muscle strain, you should really try to make sure that that part of your body is always elevated at any given time. When sitting, try using a cushion behind your back. Even when sleeping, you need to keep yourself slightly elevated. Using pillows, boost yourself thirty to forty-five degrees higher than normal. This will help to improve the circulation to the site of the injury, making it heal far quicker.

Immobilize It

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If one of the major problems is pain when you turn your head, then simply avoid turning your head. One of the best ways to allow a trapezius muscle to heal naturally is by keeping the muscle itself immobile. This means keeping your head and neck immobile, as well. If you can't manage that on your own without help (most people have trouble here), buy a neck brace. It will help you to immobilize your neck.

Medication

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If you're in a fair amount of pain (and, chances are, that you certainly are in pain), then you should take something to help stop it. Over the counter pain relievers are a good choice. Look for NSAIDS, which can help to stop swelling. Medication like ibuprofen and acetaminophen  make excellent choices in over the counter pain medications. For more serious pain, head to a doctor, who might prescribe pain killers.

Having a trapezius muscle strain is beyond unpleasant. It hurts, it can be difficult to treat, and it's a muscle you use frequently. But, with these tips, you'll be able to heal your trapezius muscle strain.

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