HEADLOCK

Headlock
Headlock

Overview

 

The Head Lock is designed to reduce the muscle tension in the scalenes and sternocleidomastoid on the lateral aspect of the neck.  These muscles laterally flex and rotate the neck. 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, tightness and general pain.

Set the Beartrap up with a combination of the cone and ball on each side.  

    1. Position the Beartrap so that the combination set-up is on either side of the neck.
    2. Grab each handle and squeeze them together.
    3. Use circular motions to massage the side of the neck.
    4. Tilt or rotate the head and continue to massage.

Overview

 

The Head Lock is designed to reduce the muscle tension in the scalenes and sternocleidomastoid on the lateral aspect of the neck.  These muscles laterally flex and rotate the neck. 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, tightness and general pain.

Set the Beartrap up with a combination of the cone and ball on each side.  

    1. Position the Beartrap so that the combination set-up is on either side of the neck.
    2. Grab each handle and squeeze them together.
    3. Use circular motions to massage the side of the neck.
    4. Tilt or rotate the head and continue to massage.

Treatment Techniques

 

Positions

– Lateral flexion: head tilts to the side

– Rotation: head rotates to look over the shoulder

Lock-on

-The lock-on is best performed with a ball and cone set-up to increase stability when hands are removed from handles.  Perform movements such as lateral flexion and rotation whilst it is locked on.

Lateral Flexion

– Perform the movements with your head tilted to one side.  This will put the scalenes on stretch and will create a more intense treatment through this area. 

Rotation

– Perform the movements with your head rotated to one side. This will put the sternocleidomastoid on stretch and will create a more intense treatment through this area. 

Laterally flex neck and move head forward and back

– Perform the movements while laterally flexing and continually move the head forward (flex) and back (extend). This creates shortening and lengthening effects on the muscles during treatment. This creates intermittent and varied treatment along the length of the muscles. 

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 lie deep to the sternocleidomastoid.  They all act to laterally flex the neck to the same side. The anterior and middle scalene muscles lift the first rib, whilst the posterior scalene muscle acts to elevate the second rib. Anterior and middle scalenes originate from the first rib and insert to the sides of the cervical vertebrae.  The 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, 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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