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Another Reason to Lift Weights: Reduce Neck Pain

It is no joke that sitting at a computer all day can be a pain in the neck. Any monotonous and repetitive action can contribute to neck and shoulder tension. Good news though if you have neck pain, the remedy might be as easy as lifting some weights.

Chronically tight upper traps (officially known as the trapezium), the muscle that runs across the top of the shoulder and up into the neck, often translates directly into serious neck pain. A new study found that lifting weights helped relieve neck pain caused by having tight upper traps. The amount of relief was found to be 70 percent improvement. Targeted weight lifting provided more relief than general aerobic exercise. Muscles benefit from strength training since the activity boosts the metabolism of protein in muscle, which is believed to help repair painful muscle tissue. Plus, the stronger the muscle the more workload it can bear, and this might help prevent further problems.

Neck pain can arise from many problems, but if you are experiencing tightness and tenderness across the upper back and shoulders, these are clues that the pain stems from the upper trap.


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