Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) is a neurovascular condition involving compression of the brachial plexus and subclavian artery in the lower neck/upper chest. The compression is most commonly caused by tight scalene muscles, but can also be caused by tight pec minor muscles or subluxation of the first rib. The tightness in these muscles occurs after performing long hours of over-head labor, which is why the symptoms are typically experienced while working and are relieved by rest.
How can Chiropractic help?
Adjustments to the lower cervical spine, upper thoracic spine, first rib, clavicle, and shoulder help to restore proper motion and release the tight muscles, allowing the neurological and vascular structures to function normally. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, there are several exercises and stretches we can recommend to further release the tight musculature involved with TOS.