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Old 07-12-2012, 06:29 PM   #1
Ross Hunt
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Recurrent neck and trap pain


My wife has recurrent neck and trapezius pain.

The pain is usually triggered by overhead presses, american KB swings, and push-ups with lateral movement across the floor. When it hits, it usually lasts 2-3 days, but more recently it's lasted much longer--almost two weeks.

I have noticed that she has some internal rotation of the shoulders, and she has observed that she tends to push her head forward in her resting posture, sitting and standing. She may tend to favor her right side, and she may also have more pain in that side. She tends to perform more pressing exercises than pulling, but does perform some pulling exercises (cleans, chins, etc.). She has pretty good shoulder mobility, though, and can perform full dislocate stretches with a snatch grip without pain.

Does anybody have any ideas about what mobility issues could be causing this problem or what she could do to correct it?


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Old 07-14-2012, 08:10 PM   #2
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Re: Recurrent neck and trap pain

Head fault (aka head forward) during lifting can initiate and exacerbate these types of headaches.

Kelly talks about it here wfs

fixing posture and technique during the lifts would be a good place to start.

If that helps, soft tissue work should also help...

If it doesn't help I'd get it checked by a professional unless you want to provide more details
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Old 07-16-2012, 03:34 AM   #3
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Re: Recurrent neck and trap pain

Does the pain travel down the arm?
When I hear about neck pains, I tend to think disk issues.
Im no doctor but maybe looking into and reading about
neck disk issues could maybe rule out or compare symptoms.

I had three herniated disks in my lumbar and most people have herniated disks in their spine but you don't hear too much about herniated neck disk...

I have a few friends who have serious neck issues and when someone
tries to massage their neck, they have a migrain sort of pain in the back of their head and they see flashes. Im not sure this helps but hopefully this can help to eliminate some choices to pinpoint exactly what it is. Take care!~ =)
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