HEAD BANGER

Head Banger
Head Banger

Overview

 

The Head banger is designed to reduce the muscle tension in the temporalis muscles that controls the movements of jaw closure (elevation) and retraction.  By reducing the tension in the temporalis 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 and general jaw pain & tightness.  

Set the Beartrap up with two balls at the lowermost 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 temple 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 Head banger is designed to reduce the muscle tension in the temporalis muscles that controls the movements of jaw closure (elevation) and retraction.  By reducing the tension in the temporalis 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 and general jaw pain & tightness.  

Set the Beartrap up with two balls at the lowermost 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 temple 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 temporalis 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 temporalis 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 temporalis muscle during treatment.  This creates intermittent and varied treatment along the length of the muscles.  

Anatomy

 

Temporalis

This is a broad fan-shaped muscle located at the side of the skull in the temple region and acts in jaw closure.  The temporalis muscle originates in the temporalis fossa and inserts into the coronoid process of the mandible. It is the strongest muscle of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and can often be seen pulsing when chewing food.

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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