Hey, can anyone explain this?
Starting a couple weeks ago, whenever I perform dumbbell bench presses I get this nasty pain in the right-lower-back section of my head/upper neck. The pain gradually increases after each rep and after a while it builds up to the point where I feel like my head is going to explode. It’s weird, I can safely perform barbell bench presses and all my other exercises, this strictly occurs with DB bench presses. I’m going to replace the exercise with something different, but should I see a doctor or anything? Any help is greatly appreciated.[/quote]
I had the same problem with chins a while back.
For me, it was a combination of clenching my jaw and straining my neck in an odd way as I approached the bar.
I would be hesitant to attribute both of our issues to the same thing but you described it in the exact way I experienced the pain.
Make sure you are loose and warmed up before doing the exercise. Be especially conscious of how you tense your neck/jaw. Keep them relaxed throughout.
Also, like the poster above said, you might be straining to look at the weights.
If it’s any consolation, mine went away after a while. I just had to train myself not to tense my neck.