Treating Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Through Chiropractic Postural Adjustments
Have you ever felt a strange tingling sensation or pain in your arms or hands that wouldn’t seem to go away? Minor discomfort such as this happens to most of us at some point, but for some, the problem is more serious. Prolonged tingling, discoloration and weakness are all signs that you might be experiencing thoracic outlet syndrome.
The space between your collarbone and your first rib is called the thoracic outlet – an open space through which clusters of nerves and blood vessels in the brachial plexus travel and continue down your shoulder to your arm and hand. The thoracic outlet is also surrounded by muscles and bones, which sometimes contract or move in a way that compresses your nerves and blood vessels.
Thoracic outlet syndrome is a group of disorders of numerous types that are categorized by the compression of the brachial plexus. At Strong Life Chiropractic, we understand that these arm issues can alter your lifestyle. Fortunately, using chiropractic postural adjustments, we may be able to fix the problem for patients in Lithia, FL and prevent it from happening again.
Causes and symptoms
The symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome can vary based on whether nerves or blood vessels are being compressed in the space. These symptoms may include some or all of the following:
- Numb or tingling sensation in arm or fingers;
- Weakness of the arm or hand;
- Pain in the arm, hand, or shoulder;
- Discoloration of the hand;
- Swelling in the arm;
- Weak pulse in the arm;
- Cold fingers or hand;
- Blood clots in the upper body.
Thoracic outlet syndrome can be caused by number of different situations, most of which move the surrounding bone or muscle in a way that puts pressure on either the blood vessels or nerves. Some causes include anatomical defects (such as having an extra rib) that limit the amount of space for the brachial plexus to travel, and pregnancy.
The problem is more common in people who have sustained an injury, whether through trauma or repetitive motion, which is most likely in athletes. One of the other common causes, though, is simply poor posture. By dropping your head and shoulders forward, your tissues may begin to compress the brachial plexus over time.
How chiropractic can help
If left untreated, thoracic outlet syndrome can cause nerve damage over time. It’s a good idea to see a chiropractor right away when you notice the symptoms of this issue.
Visiting a chiropractor to treat thoracic outlet syndrome is a smart idea, since many causes of the compression are due to misalignment of your bones and tissues. By correcting your posture, your chiropractor might be able to rid you of the issue entirely.
Your chiropractor will typically examine your vertebrae, collarbone, and ribs to determine where compression may occur and what possible misalignment may be causing it. From there, spinal manipulation and postural adjustment can realign the natural posture of your spine and the surrounding tissues. Physical exercises can also help strengthen the muscles around your spine and thoracic outlet to promote proper posture and avoid future compression.
By using Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), a holistic approach to chiropractic care, the experts at Strong Life Chiropractic in Lithia, FL have helped numerous patients suffering from ailments caused by compression and misalignment. Before turning to medications or more invasive forms of treatment like surgery, visit us and see how we may be able to help restore your normal functionality.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.