Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) is a painful condition that occurs when nerves and blood vessels in the thoracic outlet become copmressed. The thoracic outlet refers to the space between the collar bone and the first rib, and compression of this zone is associated with pain and dysfunction in the upper extremities. Symptoms depend on whether nerves or blood vessels are impinged upon. With nerves:
With blood vessels:
This is a serious condition that requires a thoughtful approach to treatment- that being said, many patients experience significant improvement with conservative therapies like chiropractic and acupuncture.
Because TOS is a compression syndrome, we focus our efforts on alleviating compression through manual adjustments, trigger point and myofascial release. Even teaching and implementing better posture has been shown to help relieve symptoms of TOS. In combination with these gentle, effective modalities, we also offer acupuncture as a therapy for relieving the discomfort of TOS.
Acupuncture reduces inflammation and helps to relax the muscles; by improving the body's circulatory system, we make more oxygen and nutrients available to the thoracic outlet as it attempts to heal. Acupuncture works with our chiropractic modalities to rebalance the body and make significant improvements in the symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. If you are interested in finding out more about our natural approach to wellness, give our office in Park Slope a call to schedule an appointment today.