Do you have a muscle spasm in your trapezius muscle? Here’s some background:
Muscle spasm is a contraction. Your muscle has tightened up and doesn’t feel good. Muscle contraction in the upper back is very often caused by over-stretching the muscles. Read more to discover why.
In this picture the trapezius muscle is shown on the right side of the back. There is one that matches on the left side but it is cut away.
You can see the shoulder blades and where the muscles attach. All muscles attach to bones and that is how we are able to move.
The muscle that goes from the shoulder blade to the spine on the left side of the back is the rhomboid. You have a matching one on the other side of the back hidden by the trapezius muscle.
Rhomboids get blamed for upper back muscle spasm all the time. But they are not usually the problem.
Tennis Ball Therapy, heat or cold therapy or massage can often get rid of the muscle spasm (“knots”) in your trapezius.
But not always.
Sometimes you have to look for the cause of the spasm in the trapezius. It could be from tight muscles in the front of your body or arms that are pulling you forward. That causes the muscles in the back to be stretched a little much. Then they go into a type of contraction as a way of complaining.
Or it could be from muscles on the sides of your neck.
You see, bodies are logical but things are not always what they seem. Just blasting away on the muscle spasm may not make it go away. Sometimes there are other areas that you weren’t aware of that can cause the muscle spasm in your trap.
By the way, once when I called it the “trap” for short a client asked, “Is it called the trap because it traps things?” No, but that was a very good question! 🙂
You can see another view of the trapezius muscles and painful areas caused by trigger points <– by clicking that link. That article has additional information about ways to get rid of muscle spasm in the trapezius.