Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) Exercises - Day 1
1. Chin Tucks
Goals: Assisting in pain from the neck, improving posture, freeing nerve restriction
Dosage: x10 every 20 minutes
Tips: Keep chin horizontal! Can do when have symptoms; can be forceful
2. "Nerve Flossing"
Goals: Improving nerve mobility to prevent future irritation
Dosage: x5 every hour, double every day if tolerated
Tips: Go very gently! Too hard will irritate the nerve and delay progression. Will not reduce symptoms, try to do when symptom-free.
3. Avoiding provocation
Short-term, be wary of positions where the hand moves upwards or backwards relative to your body. If it creates the nerve-stretch sensation you should avoid it (unless doing the nerve flossing exercise). Otherwise, prolonged sitting, particularly in poor posture may also provoke the condition.
These resources are intended for Steven Procter's patients, and only as prescribed. It is important to be evaluated, diagnosed, and educated on which exercises are indicated or contraindicated for a particular condition before attempting them independently.