What causes Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?
This can be caused by trauma/injury to neck/shoulders, extra rib, forward posture especially rounded shoulders and forward head, sleeping position (arm above head) and respiratory patterns.
What are the signs and symptoms?
Signs and symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome occur in the upper extremities (arms), neck and chest and generally are a gradual onset. Symptoms of upper extremities; numbness, tingly, pain, aching, sore neck and headaches. Signs; Symptoms worse with overhead movements, carrying heavy objects, sleeping with arms above head and are better with rest.
How do I treat Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?
If your symptoms have been brought on suddenly please seek medical advice to rule out serious health conditions.
Rest, modifying activities and work stations can help reduce symptoms. A range of Myotherapy techniques can be applied (especially myofascial release) to help assist relaxing the muscles surrounding the area and assist restoring postural faults that could have been contributing to compression of the thoracic outlet. A visit to your professionally trained Chiropractor, Osteopath, Physiotherapist will compliment your treatment preventing this condition from occurring in the future, encouraging the body’s natural response to healing.
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