Can traps and upper back tension become chronic. Lasting many months without release? I am using most of the mind body methods to relax my upper back muscles and have had good advice here from others, but just can't seem to break through this barrier to releasing the tension/ tightness and resulting pain, when at its worse. I do believe anxiety is probably causing this tension, but have not been able to conquer either the anxiety or the pain and not sure which comes first? More advice from those of you who have dealt with this successfully would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.