When compression of nerves and blood vessels in your upper back causes weakness, numbness and shooting pain in your upper arms, shoulders, and legs, you could be properly diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, also called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. This type of chiropractic treatment can help get rid of the numbness and pain, and the symptoms associated with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome include pain under the arms, shoulder and neck pain, loss of arm strength, stiffness and limited range of motion of the affected muscles, decreased grip strength, and numbness. If you are experiencing symptoms like these, it is probably Thoracic Outlet Syndrome affecting the muscles in the shoulders. Shoulder muscles control your upper body movement, and if they are weak or not working properly, it can affect your ability to move the way you need to, causing difficulty in completing daily tasks.
If you want to know how chiropractic treatments can treat Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, it is important that your chiropractors understand the chiropractic theories of anatomy and physiology so that they are properly able to treat the affected nerves. Chiropractors perform spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to the spine to relieve pain, promote healing, stop muscle spasms and help control nerves and blood vessel compression that can result from acute injuries, disease, or overuse. During a chiropractic adjustment, the chiropractor will reach into the subcutaneous layers of the skin and pull and push against your spinal nerves to loosen them and remove tight muscle bands that are impinging on the nerves. Once your muscles are loosened, the pressure is taken off the affected nerves to allow them to repair themselves and restore proper functioning.
Treatment can be done in office visits by chiropractic practitioners who specialize in treating Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and other neuromusculoskeletal disorders. In some cases, medication and physical therapy may also be prescribed as treatment options. For more severe cases, where medication and physical therapy do not show improvement, chiropractic adjustments may prove to be very helpful in alleviating symptoms. You will likely be given instructions on how to safely perform your own chiropractic adjustments at home the day after your visit. Chiropractic adjustments can restore proper function in weeks, rather than the months or years it can take for traditional medicine to effect change. With the proper care and maintenance, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome can be a thing of the past.