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Doctor insights on: Lower Trapezius Exercises

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Will strengthening the trapezius muscle decrease neck pain?

Will strengthening the trapezius muscle decrease neck pain?

Depends: This totally depends on the cause of your neck pain. Strengthening the muscles supporting your neck can help the pain but strengthening some but not all of these muscles can make it worse. You need to work with a physician and/or physical therapist and craft a specific plan to treat the specific cause of your neck pain. ...Read more

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Do planks workout the lower back stabalizer muscles?

Do planks workout the lower back stabalizer muscles?

Not so much: Planks are excellent 'core' workouts that can be done in the gym or at home . Planks work primarily the abdominal muscles and glutes if done correctly . Best of luck on your workouts! ...Read more

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OA in neck, upper back spasms. Overhead exercise tightens back. Should I try doing overhead exercises or avoid? Weights OK? Flabby upper arms/obese.

OA in neck, upper back spasms. Overhead exercise tightens back. Should I try doing overhead exercises or avoid? Weights OK? Flabby upper arms/obese.

OK to avoid them: First it may help to work with a certified personal trainer to modify an overhead exercises so that they are more "tolerable". Otherwise, no exercise that is done overhead is "necessary". Be reassured that you can readily find alternatives that will be suitable without compromising your the benefits you are receiving. ...Read more

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Are lower back hyperextension exercises good to avoid back pain?

Are lower back hyperextension exercises good to avoid back pain?

Yes: Over time, gravity tends to pull us into a flexed position. Extension exercises counter this effect and help keep the spine neutral. Twisting exercises also help keep the spine limber and lubricated. ...Read more

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Can weak posterior deltoid muscles or weak latissimus dorsi muscles cause muscle tension and pain in the back and neck?

Can weak posterior deltoid muscles or weak latissimus dorsi muscles cause muscle tension and pain in the back and neck?

Yes: 20 y male w. pain "neck & back", headaches & fatigue queries if weak latissimus dorsi & deltoids causal. Primary muscles of posture teamwork to keep body-tower upright & vertical. Muscle tone asymmetries impart irregular tower tilts; thereby conscripting compensatory soft tissue spasms & development of "crossed muscle" syndromes; after V. Janda. Gravity Rules! These symptoms suggest fibromyalgia. ...Read more

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Do hamstring stretch exercises help back pain?

Do hamstring stretch exercises help back pain?

Frequently: The hamstring muscles insert directly on the bottom of the pelvis called the ischial tuberosities. The degree of hamstring tightness directly influences the curve of the lower lumbar spine. Tight hamstrings flatten out the normal curvature which tends to cause poor weight bearing characteristics in the lumbar spine. Stretching the hamstrings is an important part of back exercises. ...Read more

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Which exercises could reduce shoulder pain during bench pressing?

Which exercises could reduce shoulder pain during bench pressing?

Shoulder pain: While weightlifting could be from the acromioclavicular joint, the rotator cuff, the glenohumeral joint or a combination of all three. First proper mechanics are needed. Second one must make certain that there not any underlying issues. Finally often reducing the weight helps. And spending some time strengthening the smaller muscles of the shoulder girdle such as building up rotators and the biceps and triceps and the trapezius. ...Read more

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Can weak posterior deltoid muscles or weak latissimus dorsi muscles cause muscle tension and pain in the back and neck? Source: HealthTap

TENSION pain: One has to realize that all of our muscles throughout the body are interactive, thus if one part or one side becomes weak or loses tone, it affects the surrounding muscle groups.hence yes there will be an effect on the upper bac and neck by loss of muscle tone in some of the post shoulder musculature. Get up with a good physiotherapist for direction and oint earring how to retrainthe weak muscles ...Read more

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Can exercises to build up the trapezius muscle exacerbate neck pain?

Can exercises to build up the trapezius muscle exacerbate neck pain?

Yes: If you have an underlying painful neck condition, i.E degenerative disc disease/pinched nerve/disc bulge; performing aggressive trapezius strengthening exercises can aggravate it. Try and do strengthening exercises with out weights. Consider working with a knowledgable physical therapist to make sure you are doing the appropriate exercises. Discuss with your md if pt is recommended. ...Read more

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Can strengthening muscles mean building muscles?

Can strengthening muscles mean building muscles?

To a point.: Strengthening usually requires lower reps per set (2-4) than muscle building (6-8), with consequent heavier weights. That being said, stronger muscles can be bigger muscles, just maybe not as large as those built through muscle building techniques specifically. ...Read more

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Which lower back exercise help back pain?

Which lower back exercise help back pain?

See below: The best exercises for low back are gentle core exercises. A great program for this can be found at www.therehabzone.com ...Read more

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What exercises use the tricep muscles?

Many will: Pushup, dips, press downs, french press ... really any exercise where you extend your arm out - as in "press" your hand out - will engage the triceps. Even planks will do so, much less so if you "lock" your arms out - as at that point much of the stress going into the elbow joint(aka bad) rather than the surrounding muscles. ...Read more

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What muscles contribute to lower back pain?

What muscles contribute to lower back pain?

Multifidus: As to which muscles contribute to low back pain, LBP, many doctors would say the "multifidus". Dr. V. Mooney, Prof of Orthopedics San Diego Med School, showed toned & strong straps of latissimus d. & contralateral gluteus m. support unstable sacroiliac joints, which are complicitous in 13-30% of LBP generation; due to ligament injury. "Superman" yoga pose strengthens this muscle strap mechanism. ...Read more

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Would pushups helo strenthen my shoulder muscles around the rotator cuff?

Would pushups helo strenthen my shoulder muscles around the rotator cuff?

Suggestion: Assuming that you suffer from anterior dislocations, where the humeral head moves out the front of the socket, i would recommend you look at the thrower's 10 program. Concentrate on the exercises for shoulder... If you are doing to do push-ups avoid going deeper than 90 degrees at the elbow since this will put your shoulder in a vulnerable position for dislocation. Avoid tricep dips for sure! ...Read more