My trapezius muscle has been killing me as of late and has really been hurting my posture. I have been doing exercises to stretch and relax my trapezius such as squeezing my shoulders back, shrugging my shoulder, and stretching my head to my shoulder laterally. These exercises have been making my shoulders hurt even more, and it feels it inflames it. So I was just wondering what can I do to relax this muscle. When I massage it I can feel that it is swollen, so I know something is irritated. I have not been lifting weights or exercising much. What exercises and stretch can I do to relieve this tension?
It seems like your trapezius gets irritated with the few thing you have tried and a guess from anyone other than a physician could make things worst for you. For this reason I think a visit to you doctor might be a good idea. In the mean time, I wouldn’t do anything to your trapezius that makes it irritated. You could try to stay away from upper body exercises for a few days to see if it gets any better, but this might not fix your issue.