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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Pain Patterns, Causes, Self-Care

This is a collection of posts about Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) is a group of related symptoms that indicate a restriction in the nerves and blood vessels that supply the arm. Like other syndromes, like Piriformis Syndrome, it is not a clear diagnosis. It’s a condition that may be resolved by addressing …

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Forward Head Posture: Pain Patterns, Causes, Self-Care

Forward-Head Posture (FHP) is a syndrome. That means that it is a collection of symptoms that lead to more specific diagnoses. FHP, defined simply, is when, in your resting posture, your head stays positioned in front of your shoulders. How far in front? Many definitions say that it occurs when the external auditory meatus (ear canal) is …

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Stiff Neck: Pain Patterns, Causes, and Self-Care

These posts are all related to your painful, stiff neck. Most people refer to limited, painful rotation when they speak of a stiff neck. However, a small majority of people refer to difficulty in lateral movement. The majority of rotation (about 70%) happens in the joint between the first and second vertebrae, the atlantoaxial joint. …

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Forward-Head Posture Overview

These people complain of neck pain, stiffness and headaches that come from their neck. It often creates problems with restricted breathing and pain that radiates into the chest, upper back and arms. Forward-Head Posture (FHP) is a syndrome. That means that it is a collection of symptoms that lead to more specific diagnoses. FHP, defined …

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Self Care – Forward-Head Posture

Forward-Head Posture (FHP) is also known as iHunch or iPosture because it is so often created by texting. Keep your hips against the back of the chair while sitting for long periods. The guy on this end of the picture is the worst but it isn’t just that his head is forward. The woman next …

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Self Care Tuck Tilt Turn Lift, Correct Forward-Head Posture

Tuck, Tilt, Turn, and Lift is an excellent exercise to correct Forward-Head Posture. This exercise also relieves Thoracic Outlet problems like swollen hands in the morning. Also, this process will reveal stiffness and pain that will help you more accurately target your neck problems. This series of stretches will help you sleep if you do …

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Self Care – Sternocleidomastoid

The sternocleidomastoid is complex and produces many different symptoms. These self-care exercises work for any of the posts about sternocleidomastoid. Managing this muscle has benefits ranging from calming your anxiety to headaches around the brow, headache in the forehead, or getting rid of a nagging cough. This guy looks so sophisticated and peaceful, and I …

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Self Care – Seated Stretches for Stiff, Swollen Hands

This stretch routine is much faster and effective if it is done with the ice-and-stretch method. I’ve done this routine with a number of clients, first without ice and then with ice-and-stretch. They all remark that it is amazingly easier and more effective with ice. This simple set of stretches has 3 parts: 2 stretches …

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Thoracic Outlet – Functional Anatomy

This is a short video walking through the structures from posterior to anterior followed by a more detailed document of the same structures. This post on the anatomy of the scalene muscles is worth reviewing for its information about the frequency and types of anomalies in those muscles. This video uses the convention throughout the …

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