Chiropractic Care for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)

Chiropractic treatment helps re-establish proper skeletal motion and optimize nerve flow. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) is caused by nerve impingement in the neck, shoulder and/or chest. Chiropractic care removes the nerve impingement, thus eliminating the source and symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.

      The American Chiropractic Association defines Chiropractic as, “A health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system and the effects of these disorders on general health.” Chiropractic care restores correct movement to the musculoskeletal system to optimize nerve flow, reduce muscle tension and maximize the body’s healing capabilities.

      The primary treatment utilized by a doctor of chiropractic is the chiropractic adjustment. The chiropractic adjustment is a low amplitude, high-velocity, focused thrust which re-establishes correct motion to a joint. The chiropractic adjustment can be performed on any joint in the body. The foremost location treated with a chiropractic adjustment for the restoration of skeletal movement is the spine.

      The brachial plexus is a network of nerves in the neck and shoulder. The brachial plexus is formed by nerves that branch off the spinal cord in the neck and upper midback. The intricate brachial plexus transmits nervous system communication between the spinal cord and upper extremities. The location of the brachial plexus in the front of the neck, shoulder and chest leaves it susceptible to impingement in several locations.

      Thoracic Outlet Syndrome occurs when pressure is placed on the brachial plexus & the blood vessels positioned near it. Impingement of the brachial plexus can occur in the neck, under the collar bone or underneath the chest muscles. Symptoms of TOS include positional weakness of the arm, tingling and numbness of hands and fingers, difficulty grasping/holding an object, swelling of the hand and/or arm, weakness of the arm and hand, cold sensation in the upper extremity, color changes and muscle atrophy.

      The chiropractic doctor performs a thorough consultation and examination to determine the source and accompanying symptoms of your condition. Chiropractic adjustments for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome focus on the neck, upper midback, ribcage, scapulothoracic joint, glenohumeral joint, acromioclavicular joint and sternoclavicular joint to re-establish correct skeletal motion. Proper motion in these joints removes nerve impingement and helps lessen symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Stretching exercises and muscle work to the neck, chest and shoulders are executed to reduce muscle tension and lessen the nerve impingement. Patient education is provided to teach the patient tools to decrease muscle tension and lessen nerve impingement.

      Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a persistent, painful and performance limiting nerve impingement condition. Chiropractic care helps to remove the source and lessen the symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.

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