Chiropractic Care is a Safe and Effective Treatment for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Updated: Jun 15

If you are experiencing numbness and tingling in your hands, arms, or shoulders, you may have Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. This condition can be very uncomfortable and even disabling. Fortunately, chiropractic care is a safe and effective treatment for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. In this blog post, we will discuss the symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and how chiropractic care can help. We will also explore some of the research that supports the use of chiropractic care for this condition.

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a condition that occurs when there is compression of the nerves or blood vessels in the thoracic outlet. The Thoracic Outlet is the space between your collarbone and first rib. Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is a condition that affects the nerves and blood vessels in your upper body. This area is also known as the TOS triangle.This compression can occur for a variety of reasons but is often seen in people who have poor postures, such as forward head posture, or hyperkyphosis (an over curvature of the middle and upper back). Thoracic Outlet Syndrome can cause a variety of symptoms, including numbness and tingling in the hands and arms, weakness in the arms, and even pain in the neck or shoulders.


Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Thoracic Outlet Triangle

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is often treated with medication, physical therapy, or surgery. However, these treatments are not always effective and can have serious side effects. Chiropractic care is a safe and effective alternative to these conventional treatments. Chiropractic care can help to relieve the symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome by reducing the compression of the nerves and blood vessels.


Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Areas most common for pain and other symptoms associated with TOS

There is a great deal of research that supports the use of chiropractic care for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. One study found that chiropractic care was more effective than medication in the treatment of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (1). Another study found that chiropractic care was more effective than physical therapy in the treatment of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (2). These studies show that chiropractic care is a safe and effective treatment for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.

Forward Head Posture
Forward Head Posture can cause TOS

Check out these 4 exercises to start correcting Forward Head Posture ASAP! The real magic is not just in the exercise but in receiving an exact diagnosis and treatment of Chiropractic Corrective Care simultaneously to not just decrease pain, reduce subluxation(misalignments) but make sure you are doing the corrective exercises right and effectively.


I use thorough Neuro-structural testing to evaluate the function of the nervous system in relation to your spine, as well as the function(motion) and structure(posture, arthritis, structural abnormalities) of the spine to predict the likelihood of helping a patient with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. I have found great results in TOS and other types of numbness and tingling in the arms and hands just by improving structural alignment and motion in the spine as well as improved neurological function, including autonomic function which directly affects blood flow to the extremities. While many people may see temporary relief from just doing postural exercise (free exercises here), I find it's the combination of spinal adjustments, manual therapy, and corrective exercises and stretches that is the magic touch that has helped so many of my TOS and numbness and tingling sufferers.


Forward Head Posture
A great structural improvement! From 1.5" to under half an inch in just a month, and already nearly a 100% resolution of her symptoms, which included Autonomic Dystonia amongst others.


If you are suffering from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, don't suffer any longer. Chiropractic care is a safe and effective treatment that can help you get relief from your symptoms. Contact us today to see how we could help you!


PS. In this video, Dr. Groover and I are specifically talking about Low Back Pain but it's often the same issues, such as forward head posture that cause the low back pain to occur. Watch the video to learn more.





(1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3110409/

(2) https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1013702511000261