Common Things that cause Trapezius RSI (repetitive stress injury)

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Stress: Relaxing ones shoulders is very important. One of the most common causes of trapezius strain is carrying your shoulders half shrugged.

Poor posture: Often people who are worried or stressed about something unconsciously assume a more stooped and bent forward posture. Remember to sit up straight, lower your shoulders and bring your head back. This relieves strain on the trapezius.

Carrying a backpack or handbag: We all have a tendency to carry lots of stuff on us as we travel from chore to chore. When packing your back for the day, be brutal in NOT putting in things that you do not need. When wearing a backpack, use both straps and divide the weight between both sides and when carrying a bag, switch sides often.

Bra straps: Bras that are too tight or the weight of heavy breasts pulling on your straps can cause trapezius pain. Have your bra fit by a trained person to get a good fit.

Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding your baby with your shoulders hunched forward can cause trapezius RSI(repetitive stress injury). Check your posture and bring your shoulders back. Breast feeding while side-lying helps immensely.

Look at your posture throughout the day. Any position where you hold your head turned to one side for a long time is dangerous.

Bending forward while at work: Ergonomics are the key here. Adjust your workspace accordingly so you can see your screen at eye level and make sure you are not hunching over at your desk. Remember to take frequent breaks when you can, to stretch and loosen up your muscles.

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