Wednesday, August 4, 2010 by Malton Schexneider Thoracic outlet syndrome is the term to describe irritation of the brachial plexus, which is the nerve bundle that exits the neck and travels down the arm.
Symptoms associated with thoracic outlet syndrome include pain in the upper back and neck, headaches, and tingling sensations in the arm.
Because of false positive imaging studies, the condition is often overlooked in lieu of more visible defects such as spinal stenosis, cervical herniated disc, or muscle pain in the neck.
Because of the potential for misdiagnosis, treatment is often misguided. For example, cervical herniated disc treatment such as neck traction are incorrectly prescribed when, in fact, specific pinched nerve exercises should be incorporated into the treatment plan.
One such treatment is a stretching exercise for the 2 scalene muscles that attach to the neck and first rib. The 2 muscles together with the first rib form a triangle through which the brachial plexus courses. It is in this triangle that potential irritation can occur.
In the video below, we describe the specific components of this exercise to assist you with resolving your particular neck pain issues. Keep in mind that the key component is sitting up tall as a slouching posture will not create an adequate stretch of the muscles
To get the most benefit from this exercise, we recommend holding the stretch for 30 seconds and repeating it 2 times twice a day.
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