Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
The thoracic outlet is the space between the collarbone and the first rib. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a compression of the nerves and/or blood vessels that affects the brachial plexus (nerves that pass into the arms from the neck). This compression causes pain, numbness, tingling and/or weakness in the arm and hand. A lot of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are actually misdiagnosed cases of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Therapeutic Massage Therapy can help eliminate the symptoms and causes of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome by restoring balance in the muscle groups in the neck, chest, back and help balance the pelvis.
The cause of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is due to muscle imbalances in the neck, chest, back and pelvis. The tight muscles are either too long or too short and are pulling and compressing other structures in the area which ultimately lead to pain in the arms and hand.
Activities that cause muscle imbalance in the Neck, Chest, Back and Pelvis:
- Repetitive activities that require the arms to be held over the head or outstretched
- Poor posture, especially with the head forward
- Improper computer and driving positions
- Riding a bike for long periods of time