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Muscles causing mid back pain – Trapezius

The first instalment of the blog series of the muscles causing mid back pain is Trapezius muscle. This muscle is one of the most treated muscles in my chiropractic practice. Questions like, ‘Can a Chiropractor treat this muscle?’ these will all be answered in this blog.

Trapezius Muscle in Anatomy:

The Trapezius muscle, that causes mid back pain, is attached to the base of the skull and parts of the neck. Furthermore, the muscle inserts onto the lateral 1/3 of the clavicle, and the spine of the scapula. Ordinarily, the muscle is innervated (Nerve that feeds the muscle) by the spinal accessory nerve.
The muscle is divided into three parts, upper, middle and lower fibres. Actions of this muscle include the following. Namely, elevation and retraction of the scapula, lateral flexion and extension of the head.

Common injuries associated with the Trapezius Muscle:

Postural fatigue syndrome is the repetitive work or posture sitting at computer, desk or working with a mouse. Other factors that can injure the muscle include forward rotated shoulders, whiplash, one side sports activities and cradling a phone with one shoulder.

The trapezius muscle can cause a lot of pain for example headaches and mid back pain. The muscle most commonly causes headaches. Additionally, it does cause mid back pain. The headaches that we see in our chiropractic practice is showed above. The typical headache on the base of the skull, the tension neck ache pain. It can stretch all the way around to the temples and back of the eyes

Muscles causing mid back pain - Trapezius
Pain pattern of trapezius

How a Chiropractor can treat this muscle:

Typically a Chiropractor will do an array of soft tissue work (muscle work) that includes, massage, myofascial dry needling (wrongly referred as Acupuncture), Kinesio taping (RockTape) and even Fascia “release”.

A Chiropractic adjustment will be delivered to the affected neck vertebrae to “reset” the body system and try to get homeostasis.

Home treatment includes:

Stretching – Click here for stretches 

Ice or Heat therapy – Click here for a blog on Ice therapy, but heat therapy can work just as well.

If you suffer from mid back pain, make an appointment to see your chiropractor.

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