SHOULDER PRESS

Overview

 

The Shoulder Press is designed to reduce muscle tension in the deltoid from an anterior (front) and posterior (rear) perspective. This muscle controls the movements of the shoulder.  Additionally, treatment on the anterior aspect can be focused on pectoralis major and minor. On the posterior aspect, treatment can be focused on infraspinatus.

By reducing the tension in the shoulder muscles, you will be able to treat and improve the symptoms that are exhibited with a variety of shoulder pains.  These include reduced range of movement, subacromial bursitis, shoulder impingement, muscular strains, arm weakness. tightness and general pain.Set the Beartrap up with a combination of the cone and ball on each side.  

Place the Beartrap on your lap with the hoop lying towards the arm to be treated and pass the arm to be treated through the middle and pick up the handle from underneath.

    1. Grab the Beartrap frame slightly above both handles (Beartrap logo facing towards you) and crossover forearms while allowing Beartrap to rotate in hands.
    2. Place the hoop of the Beartrap over the shoulder (Beartrap logo should now be facing outwards).
    3. The trigger cones and balls should now be positioned on the inside and outside of the triceps and biceps.
    4. The movements are to bring the handles toward and away from each other squeezing into the anterior and posterior aspects of the shoulder.
    5. The combined setup of the ball and cone provides a stable set-up to easily treat the anterior and posterior shoulder muscles.
    6. The Shoulder Press can also be performed with just one trigger ball or cone on either side for a more intense treatment.
    7. Using the stopper on one side enables treatment to be performed on the opposing side only.  For example, this will assist if you are trying to target just the anterior (front) aspect of the shoulder muscles and not the posterior aspect and vice versa.

Overview

 

The Shoulder Press is designed to reduce muscle tension in the deltoid from an anterior (front) and posterior (rear) perspective. This muscle controls the movements of the shoulder.  Additionally, treatment on the anterior aspect can be focused on pectoralis major and minor. On the posterior aspect, treatment can be focused on infraspinatus.

By reducing the tension in the shoulder muscles, you will be able to treat and improve the symptoms that are exhibited with a variety of shoulder pains.  These include reduced range of movement, subacromial bursitis, shoulder impingement, muscular strains, arm weakness. tightness and general pain.Set the Beartrap up with a combination of the cone and ball on each side.  

Place the Beartrap on your lap with the hoop lying towards the arm to be treated and pass the arm to be treated through the middle and pick up the handle from underneath.

    1. Grab the Beartrap frame slightly above both handles (Beartrap logo facing towards you) and crossover forearms while allowing Beartrap to rotate in hands.
    2. Place the hoop of the Beartrap over the shoulder (Beartrap logo should now be facing outwards).
    3. The trigger cones and balls should now be positioned on the inside and outside of the triceps and biceps.
    4. The movements are to bring the handles toward and away from each other squeezing into the anterior and posterior aspects of the shoulder.
    5. The combined setup of the ball and cone provides a stable set-up to easily treat the anterior and posterior shoulder muscles.
    6. The Shoulder Press can also be performed with just one trigger ball or cone on either side for a more intense treatment.
    7. Using the stopper on one side enables treatment to be performed on the opposing side only.  For example, this will assist if you are trying to target just the anterior (front) aspect of the shoulder muscles and not the posterior aspect and vice versa.

Treatment Techniques

 

Position

Apply a squeezing motion to both handles and use small circular movements on the side of the shoulder that you are treating.

Anatomy

 

Deltoid

The deltoid is the prime mover of the glenohumeral joint (ball and socket) of the shoulder.  The muscle originates along the distal third of the clavicle, acromion process and spine of the scapula, inserting halfway down the humerus bone. The deltoid can be divided into three parts due to its actions and locations of each area.

Anterior Deltoid

This part of the muscle is located at the front of the shoulder joint and acts to flex the shoulder joint so that the arm reaches forward.  The muscle originates from the lateral ⅓ of the clavicle and inserts halfway down the humerus.

Middle Deltoid

This part of the muscle is located at the side of the shoulder joint and acts to abduct the shoulder joint so that the arm reaches out to the side away from the body.  The muscle originates from the acromion process and inserts halfway down the humerus.

Posterior Deltoid

This part of the muscle is located at the rear of the shoulder joint and acts to extend the shoulder joint so that the arm reaches backward.  The muscle originates from the spine of the scapula and inserts halfway down the humerus.

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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