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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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emma- emma- 9 years
This is some great info...I'd been experiencing really bad neck pain for some time...It would be great to see specific exercises to target this problem, too. Thanks!
angriv angriv 9 years
fitsugar: please give us some ideas of good exercises w/ free weights that would help aleviate neck pain. It'd be really helpful to know since i'm sure all of us suffer from this from time to time! thanks
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
As i speak- er.. type, i'm sitting at my desk with horrible neck pain. i always have to stand up and stretch- it gets so bad!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
good to know...
ella1978 ella1978 9 years
Any recommended excersices? My BF is really tall, and looks down to work all day & comes home with an incredibly sore neck each night. He'd pay to get rid of it. This sounds like a perfect thing for him. He has some free weights, and I'm sure he'd be willing to do a couple of exercises each day to feel that much better. Great news though!
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 9 years
I have really bad neck problems from sitting in an office chair all day. I can definitely tell a difference on the days when I have worked out with weights and the days I haven't. I really try to work out my back and neck muscles everyday, it really does relieve some of the tension.
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
good info.
Abbigail Abbigail 9 years
So good to know! I always have knots around my shoulders, maybe this will save me extra massages.
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