THE GUN SHOW

Overview

 

The Gun Show is designed to reduce the muscle tension in the bicep and tricep muscles. These muscles control the movements of the elbow.  This exercise targets the biceps and triceps from a lateral and medial perspective 

By reducing the tension in the upper arm muscle groups, you will be able to treat and improve the symptoms that are exhibited with a variety of upper arm and elbow pains.  These include bicep and tricep tendinopathies, cramping, strains, arm weakness, tightness and general pain.   

Set the Beartrap up with a combination of the cone and ball on each side.  Most set-ups are with the ball and cone towards the top of the hoop.

    1. 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.
    2. With the opposite arm grab the other handle from over the top and raise both handles upward.
    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 down on the medial and lateral biceps and triceps
    5. The combined setup of the ball and cone provides a stable set-up to easily treat the triceps and biceps.
    6. The gun show 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 medial aspect of the bicep muscles and not the lateral aspect and vice versa.

Overview

 

The Gun Show is designed to reduce the muscle tension in the bicep and tricep muscles. These muscles control the movements of the elbow.  This exercise targets the biceps and triceps from a lateral and medial perspective 

By reducing the tension in the upper arm muscle groups, you will be able to treat and improve the symptoms that are exhibited with a variety of upper arm and elbow pains.  These include bicep and tricep tendinopathies, cramping, strains, arm weakness, tightness and general pain.   

Set the Beartrap up with a combination of the cone and ball on each side.  Most set-ups are with the ball and cone towards the top of the hoop.

    1. 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.
    2. With the opposite arm grab the other handle from over the top and raise both handles upward.
    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 down on the medial and lateral biceps and triceps
    5. The combined setup of the ball and cone provides a stable set-up to easily treat the triceps and biceps.
    6. The gun show 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 medial aspect of the bicep muscles and not the lateral aspect and vice versa.

Treatment Techniques

 

Positions

– Elbow flexion: arm bent at the elbow joint.

Lock-on

-The lock-on is best performed with a ball and cone set-up to increase stability when hands are removed from handles.  It’s typically easier to tension the lock-on cord before inserting the arm into the Beartrap.

Elbow flexion

– Perform the treatment with your elbow flexed so that your hand is near your shoulder.  This will put the triceps muscle on stretch and will create a more intense treatment through these muscles. 

Anatomy

 

Biceps

This muscle group is located at the front of the upper arm and acts to flex the elbow joint so that the hand moves closer to the shoulder.  The two heads of the biceps muscle (long and short) originate from the upper part of the scapula and join to form a single muscle that attaches to the radius bone located in the forearm.

Triceps

This muscle group is located at the back of the upper arm and acts to extend the elbow so that the arm straightens.  The three heads of the triceps muscle (long, medial and lateral) originate from the humerus and scapula bones at the back of the shoulder and insert on the olecranon process of the ulna bone (the pointy part of the elbow).

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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