JAW BREAKER

Overview

 

The Jaw Breaker is designed to reduce the muscle tension in the Masseter muscles. These muscles control the movement of jaw closure (elevation).  By reducing the tension in the Masseter muscles, you will be able to treat and improve the symptoms that are exhibited with headaches, reduced mouth opening, bruxing (grinding of teeth), clicking, locking, tightness and general jaw pain.  

Set the Beartrap up with two balls at the lower part of the Beartrap.  

    1. Place the hoop of the Beartrap around the back of the head with the Beartrap logo facing upwards.
    2. Grab both handles with each hand and position the trigger balls over the jaw region.
    3. Squeeze the handles together whilst also adding small circular movements.
    4. It is not recommended to use the cones in this area as it will be too intense.

Overview

 

The Jaw Breaker is designed to reduce the muscle tension in the Masseter muscles. These muscles control the movement of jaw closure (elevation).  By reducing the tension in the Masseter muscles, you will be able to treat and improve the symptoms that are exhibited with headaches, reduced mouth opening, bruxing (grinding of teeth), clicking, locking, tightness and general jaw pain.  

Set the Beartrap up with two balls at the lower part of the Beartrap.  

    1. Place the hoop of the Beartrap around the back of the head with the Beartrap logo facing upwards.
    2. Grab both handles with each hand and position the trigger balls over the jaw region.
    3. Squeeze the handles together whilst also adding small circular movements.
    4. It is not recommended to use the cones in this area as it will be too intense.

Treatment Techniques

 

Positions

– Depression: Jaw open

– Elevation: Jaw closed

Depression

– Perform the movements with your jaw open.  This will put the Masseter muscle on stretch and will create a more intense treatment through this area. 

Elevation

– Perform the movements with your jaw closed. This will take the muscles off stretch and allow easier treatment of the Masseter muscle.

Open and close the mouth

– Perform the movements while continuing to open and close the mouth.  This creates contraction and relaxation effects on the Masseter muscle during treatment.  This creates intermittent and varied treatment along the length of the muscles.

Anatomy

 

Masseter

This thick quadrilateral shaped facial muscle is located at the side of the face in the cheek area and acts in jaw closure. Divided into superficial and deep portions, this muscle originates at the zygomatic arch (cheekbone) and inserts onto the mandible (lower jaw bone).

Recommended Exercise Program

Self-treatment of the muscular system creates micro-damage and micro-tears within the muscle.  This is completely normal and helps the muscle relax, increases blood flow and improves overall function. Working out in the gym or performing exercise also creates these micro-tears and damage to the body in the hope that the body will respond positively by increasing strength, improving endurance and increasing power (speed + strength).  This is all dependent on what type of stimulus you provide. The side effect of creating micro-tearing and micro-damage is that it can create post-treatment soreness (pain following treatment or soreness over the following days).

Start off with a modest amount of treatment and see how the body responds.  Build up as the body allows.

If the pain on the post-treatment soreness is significant, give the muscle another day or two to recover before continuing further treatment.  However, if the following day, the muscle feels much better and only mild amounts of post-treatment soreness exist, then increase the timeframe or pressure of treatment.

 

Biofeedback

Muscular biofeedback is the body’s amazing ability to provide instantaneous feedback to the brain about which muscles are tight and where the treatment needs to be focused.  As massage creates micro-tears and micro-damage, the sensation is experienced as pain. The tighter the muscle, the more tearing or damage occurs and the pain sensation feels greater in this area.  Conversely, if the muscle is not as tight, there is less pain experienced when treating the muscle. Biofeedback is a great way to determine which muscles are tight and what areas need more work.

Recommended Exercise Program

Self-treatment of the muscular system creates micro-damage and micro-tears within the muscle.  This is completely normal and helps the muscle relax, increases blood flow and improves overall function. Working out in the gym or performing exercise also creates these micro-tears and damage to the body in the hope that the body will respond positively by increasing strength, improving endurance and increasing power (speed + strength).  This is all dependent on what type of stimulus you provide. The side effect of creating micro-tearing and micro-damage is that it can create post-treatment soreness (pain following treatment or soreness over the following days).

Start off with a modest amount of treatment and see how the body responds.  Build up as the body allows.

If the pain on the post-treatment soreness is significant, give the muscle another day or two to recover before continuing further treatment.  However, if the following day, the muscle feels much better and only mild amounts of post-treatment soreness exist, then increase the timeframe or pressure of treatment.

 

Biofeedback

Muscular biofeedback is the body’s amazing ability to provide instantaneous feedback to the brain about which muscles are tight and where the treatment needs to be focused.  As massage creates micro-tears and micro-damage, the sensation is experienced as pain. The tighter the muscle, the more tearing or damage occurs and the pain sensation feels greater in this area.  Conversely, if the muscle is not as tight, there is less pain experienced when treating the muscle. Biofeedback is a great way to determine which muscles are tight and what areas need more work.

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