Shoulder Shrugs for Upper Traps

Do your upper trapezius muscles consistently feel tight, do you experience neck or shoulder pain?

This may be due to numerous factors, but mainly it’s a lack of overall capacity to withstand the positions and postures we put them in. The Upper Trapezius is responsible for distributing loads away from the neck and upward rotation of the scapula.

Clinically, patient’s upper traps are lengthened, weak and fatigued. Clinic physio and Donegal GAA physio Cathal demonstrates a shrug strengthening exercise that really targets the upper traps. Back against a wall, keep both arms away from the body and hold a weight by the side, while performing a shoulder shrug as shown.

Upper traps need strengthening to become stronger, robust and more resilient.

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