Health | Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

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Do you ever experience pain, tingling, or numbness in your neck, shoulders, or hands? You may be experiencing symptoms of a commonly overlooked disorder called Thoracis Outlet Syndrome (TOS).

What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

TOS is a condition in which the nerves, arteries, or veins are compressed in the passageway from the lower neck to the armpit.

The signs of TOS are pain and weakness in the neck, shoulders, and down the arm. You be also experience tingling and numbness in the fingers. Risk factors for TOS include frequent usage of upper extremities against resistance, weight lifting, pregnancy, obesity, and poor posture.


Treatment for TOS includes exercises that stretch open the tissues of the thoracic outlet such as massage therapy and physical therapy. In severe cases, surgery is suggested.

How Massage Can Help

Massage therapy can be life-changing for those suffering from TOS. Massage therapists use several modalities such as Trigger Point, Neuromuscular therapy, deep tissue, and myofascial release to break down fascia adhesions. This allows the muscle to relax, alleviating pain caused by compression.

If you think you may have Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, let us help you alleviate these symptoms. Book your massage today! Stay tuned for videos on how to stretch your upper body and relieve pain associated with TOS.

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