Leaning Back Can Lock Your Neck
Many of us lean to one side when we sit on the couch, at the desk, in the car, and even in the bed. Here is the most important rule you must follow to reverse your thoracic outlet syndrome. When sitting anywhere (car, couch, bed), you cannot allow your back to touch the seat back. If you do, your spring has drifted outside perpendicular, causing the sensory system stimuli to trigger a muscle contraction to try to right the head to perpendicular.
One of the most critical mistakes patients make to cause TOS is watching television or reading, while leaning back on the couch or in bed propped against the headboard.
A telltale sign is when patients will go to bed with minimal or no symptoms and wake in the morning with symptoms (3). This indicates to me that the cause of these conditions is definitely involved with sleep positions or activity that strained the muscles of the neck right before bedtime, such as leaning back in the bed watching TV or reading a book.
One patient argued with me and said that this couldn’t be the case, because he didn’t watch TV that long while in bed, and he was practically straight. Of course, he was just rationalizing, because he enjoyed watching TV in bed and didn’t want to give it up. So, I asked him how long he watched TV, and he told me 30 minutes.
I handed him a 10-pound weight. “Now bend your arm and hold the weight in this position for a while, as I treat a patient.” In about five minutes, he asked to put it down, due to muscle fatigue and burning pain.
The average head weighs 9–12 pounds. So, why wouldn’t you expect to develop trigger points and super contractions in your scalene muscles when you are asking them to have a sustained contraction attempting to hold the 9–12-pound weight in a position outside perpendicular for more than a few minutes?
I can almost predict with 100 percent accuracy not only the way they lean when they sit, I can also predict on which side of the body the thoracic outlet syndrome will be worse.
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Dr Stoxen is a #1 International Best Selling Author. He is the president of Team Doctors®, Treatment and Training Center Chicago, one of the most recognized treatment centers in the world. He is a much sought-after speaker giving over 1000 live presentations and has lectured at over 70 medical conferences to over 50,000 doctors in more than 20 countries. He’s been asked to be the keynote speaker to specifically lecture on his human spring approach to thoracic outlet syndrome and other medical conditions. After his groundbreaking lecture on the Integrated Spring-Mass Model at the World Congress of Sports and Exercise Medicine he was presented with an Honorary Fellowship Award by a member of the royal family, the Sultan of Pahang, for his distinguished research and contributions to the advancement of Sports and Exercise Medicine on an International level. (Full Bio) Dr Stoxen can be reached directly at email@example.com