Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) and Neurosomatic Therapy
1. In TOS, the nerves, arteries, and veins running through the armpit are compressed.
2. Symptoms such as pain, numbness, and impaired circulation may occur in the neck, shoulder, arm, or hands.
3. TOS is caused by a collapse of the structures in the shoulder.
4. Neurosomatic Therapy restores proper alignment and opens the Thoracic Outlet to release pressure on the nerves, veins, and arteries of the arm.
Symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)
The Thoracic Outlet is a space between the base of the neck and the armpit through which run the nerves, veins, and arteries that supply the arm and hand. In Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, these structures are compressed as they pass through the shoulder. Patients may have the following symptoms:
1. Numbness or Tingling in the Arm or Hand
2. Pain in the Shoulder or Neck
3. Weakening Grip
4. Discoloration of the Hand
5. Swelling or Trigger Points in the Arm and Shoulder
6. Weak or No Pulse in the Arm
7. Small Black Spots (Infarcts) in the Hand
Causes of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Usually thought to be a structural defect, TOS is often present in those who were born with an extra rib near their neck. Thoracic outlet syndrome can also be caused by overuse or repetitive use such as typing on a computer or lifting items above the head. Poor posture and weight gain can also compress the nerves leading to TOS. Most cases of the condition are idiopathic, having no known cause. In case after case, we find that postural distortion originating from either muscular imbalance or structural asymmetries is completely overlooked as the root cause of TOS.
Restore Alignment to Restore Functionality
Since the pain and other symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome are caused by compression of the internal structures, Neurosomatic Therapy has been extremely successful in treating the condition. When proper alignment is restored, the internal structures are no longer being compressed. The role of postural distortion in conditions such as shoulder pain is obvious. When we recognize that these distortions have a profound effect on vital structures in the arm and hand, we have a tremendous opportunity to create healing. Using careful measurements and evaluation, Neurosomatic Therapists look at all facets of postural distortion in order to alleviate pain. As with our approach to relieving pain in any situation, creating balance and symmetry is the key.