THORACIC OUTLET SYNDROME/Assessment, Treatment, Therapeutic Exercises

Accreditation: NHPC 10 credits,  CRMTA 15 primary credits, MTAS 14 primary credits, CMMOTA 11 credits, MTAA 14 primary credits, MTANS 7 primary credits, MTAM 14 core credits.  

Working as massage therapists, we have the chance to meet many clients complaining of pain, numbness and tingling in their arms and hands. Some of them complain about their arm which would “fall asleep” during the night or even during the day when the arm is in a specific position. We do assessments to try to find out what problem they may have. And sometimes tests show negative findings but if you still treat them as thoracic outlet syndrome, clients feel a lot better. This means that they have some form of thoracic outlet syndrome.

The life style of people today revolves around technology use; even jobs are a lot more connected to computer use than they were 20 years ago. Hunching over computers, tablets, and cellphones is more and more present, with elevated shoulders which are protracted and anteriorly rotated with short and hypertonec pectoral muscles, scalenes, sternocleidomastoid, and suboccipitals. People experience pain in their arms and hands which could be misdiagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome. Pins and needles sensation in their fingers, tingling, numbness, feeling of heaviness and fullness in the arm and fingers is becoming a part of their life.

So if you want to help the majority of your clients, you have to know how to assess this condition. After this, you should know how to massage scalenes, how to do pincer grasp for SCM, joint play for clavicle, manual lymphatic drainage for arms and after all to recommend perfect home care exercises to be able to treat their symptoms.

All of this is going to be covered during the course and a lot more. Our duty is to help our clients the best that we can. Don’t miss a chance to be one of the best in your profession.