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What is the cause of the compression of your thoracic outlet?

The optimum management of TOS requires an understanding of the underlying cause(s) of the neurovascular compression or tension (1). Don’t you hate when doctors give you a treatment without determining the cause? Regardless if you have a work injury, auto accident, sports injury, repetitive motion, poor posture, or even cervical ribs, there is usually only […]

Car Auto Accidents And Some Work Injuries Can Cause A Traumatic Shift In The Upper Ribs, And Collar Bone (Clavicle) Leading To A Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

When you are involved in an auto accident, there is a traumatic shift of the neck, upper back, shoulder, rib cage, and even jaw. You can suffer chronic pain for a lifetime. Most sports, work, and auto injuries involve a similar injury cycle. There is a period of pain, stiffness (compression), and sometimes compressed nerves, […]

Auto Accidents and Sports Injuries can cause Neck Pain, Upper Back Pain, Shoulder Pain and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Research suggests that thoracic outlet syndrome most frequently occurs following a single episode of neck trauma such as a sports injury. Motor vehicle accidents resulting in whiplash are the most common causes of neck injuries with approximately 1,000,000 per year in the United States (3). An acute injury of the muscles and joints will stimulate […]

The Subclavius Muscle – The Single Most Super Contracted Muscle of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Muscle Origin: The subclavius originates from the junction of the first rib and its cartilage. Muscle Insertion: The subclavius inserts on the inferior surface of the middle of the clavicle. Muscle Action: The subclavius action is to depress the clavicle (collarbone).   When the subclavius is in an abnormally contracted state, it draws the clavicle […]

How Sustained Contraction of Your Shoulder Muscles Can Lead to Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

When you reach your arm and hand outside perpendicular for longer than a few minutes, you are engaging a sustained contraction of muscles that depress and compress the shoulder down into the thoracic outlet and tunnel. When you reach out your arm to manipulate an object in front of you, a series of muscle contractions […]

Where OSHA The United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration is WRONG about Good Working Positions

The United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Good Working Positions (40) “Hands, wrists, and forearms are straight, in-line and roughly parallel to the floor. Head is level, or bent slightly forward, forward facing, and balanced. Generally, it is in-line with the torso. Shoulders are relaxed and upper arms hang normally […]

What is the #1 Cause of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

What do some of the top teaching hospitals in the world, that specialize in diagnosis and treatment of TOS, say is the cause of thoracic outlet syndrome? Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital—The slim space between the collarbone and first rib is called the thoracic outlet. Blood vessels, nerves, and muscles that extend from the back […]

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