RUBBER NECKER

Overview

 

Rolling around is designed to reduce the muscle tension in the lateral aspects of the neck region.  By reducing the tension in the sides of the neck, you will be able to treat and improve the symptoms that are exhibited with lateral neck pain.  These include, thoracic outlet syndrome, torticollis or wry neck, decreased rotation, general pain & tightness in the scalenes and sternocleidomastoid muscles.  

Set the Beartrap up with a rollers positioned on each side.  

    1. Position the Beartrap so that the rollers are on either side of the neck.
    2. Tilt head away from the side you wish to treat.
    3. Grab hold of the handles and with one handle (non-treatment side) hold the Beartrap stationary and the other, roll up and down the area.

Overview

 

Rolling around is designed to reduce the muscle tension in the lateral aspects of the neck region.  By reducing the tension in the sides of the neck, you will be able to treat and improve the symptoms that are exhibited with lateral neck pain.  These include, thoracic outlet syndrome, torticollis or wry neck, decreased rotation, general pain & tightness in the scalenes and sternocleidomastoid muscles.  

Set the Beartrap up with a rollers positioned on each side.  

    1. Position the Beartrap so that the rollers are on either side of the neck.
    2. Tilt head away from the side you wish to treat.
    3. Grab hold of the handles and with one handle (non-treatment side) hold the Beartrap stationary and the other, roll up and down the area.

Treatment Techniques

 

Positions

– lateral flexion: Head tilts to the side

Lateral flexion

– Perform the movements with head laterally flexed (ear to shoulder).  This will put the scalenes and sternocleidomastoid muscles on stretch and will create a more intense treatment through this area. 

Anatomy

 

Sternocleidomastoid

This large superficial muscle is located at the side of the neck and acts to rotate the head.  When one of the muscles acts alone, it rotates the head to the opposite side and laterally flexes to the same side.  When the muscles act together, they flex the head. The muscle originates from the sternum and clavicle and travels obliquely up the side of the neck inserting at the mastoid process which is the bony lump behind the earlobe.  

Scalenes

A group of three muscles (anterior, middle and posterior) that lye deeply to the Sternocleidomastoid.  They all act to laterally flex the neck to the same side, whilst the anterior and middle scalene muscles also lift the first rib, the posterior scalene muscle also acts to elevate the second rib. Anterior and middle scalene originate from the first rib and attache to the sides of the cervical vertebrae.  Posterior scalene originates from the second rib and inserts on the sides of the cervical vertebrae.

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, improve blood flow and 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 getting stronger, greater endurance, increase power (speed + strength) which are 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 the following or 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, improve blood flow and 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 getting stronger, greater endurance, increase power (speed + strength) which are 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 the following or 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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