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Are you experiencing Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)?

This syndrome usually presents with symptoms down the arm into the hand.  Most of the time a person will experience a feeling of tingling, pins and needles, and in bad cases numbness in one or both arms.  

The most common time for these symptoms to present themselves in first thing in the morning.  Have you ever woken up with a part of your arm or hand dead asleep, only to roll over or change positions and have the feeling slowly return?  That is an early sign of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS).  

What is actually happening here?

Two different types of structures can be effected with this injury.  The first being the occlusion of the neurological signal traveling through the nerves that exit the side of the cervical spine and then travel down through the shoulder/armpit and into the rest of the arm, forearm and hand.  

Thoracic outlet refers specifically to the occlusion of these nerves as they pass under the clavicle and past the glenohumeral joint.  

The second type of TOS involves the vascular structures as they pass through the same area.  This can result in the arm and hand feeling very cold, even turning pale or blue in most severe cases.  

Causes of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

This type of injury can be related to very poor posture from weak back musculature or the overtraining of anterior structures of the body (chest).

This can also be due to scar tissue build-up between certain adjacent structures the vascular and neurological structures run over and under on their way through the body.  

Our treatments are specifically geared towards breaking these adhesions down between the muscles and nerves/vessels in the body so that normal function returns and symptoms dissipate

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