Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
The thorax is the neck/chest area of the body.
The thoracic outlet is sometimes also referred to as the thoracic inlet (!). It is the area of the neck where the nerves and blood vessels that serve the arm cross the front of the chest starting from under the collarbone.
When the muscles in this area of the neck and chest become tight they can press on these nerves and blood vessels causing symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling and coldness down the arm. In severe cases the arm may become discoloured due to the compromised blood flow.
Thoracic outlet syndrome is a common symptom of RSI conditions. It is a progressive condition that can be caused by bone deformity, poor posture, immune or metabolic disorders (for example, rheumatoid arthritis, or diabetes), trauma and even pregnancy, which can cause postural changes.
Myofascial Release for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Myofascial release for clients with thoracic outlet syndrome involves work on the muscles and soft tissues of the neck, shoulders, back and upper chest, as well as the arms in some cases.