Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

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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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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Self Care – Stiff, Swollen Hands in the Morning

This can come on gradually from habitual activities. Habitually sitting while leaned forward, especially with your hips pulled forward, can lead to changes in breathing patterns that use the front of the neck to lift the rib cage and develop strong, short scalenes. Competitive swimming and some musical instruments, like flute or violin, can also …

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Pain in the upper back, index finger and thumb

People complain about pain just inside of the shoulder blade, and in the thumb, and index finger. It doesn’t always create pain in the hand; sometimes it is tingling like it is “falling asleep” or “going numb.” Sometimes, they have pain or tingling when reaching out with the hands near shoulder level as when driving, or …

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Stiff, Swollen Hands in the Morning

People complain about awakening with stiff and swollen hands. Some of them have problems with tingling and sleeping hands in the night. They often get up and move their arms around until the tingling stops, and the arms are awake again. Sometimes, they have pain or tingling when they hold their arms near shoulder level as …

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