Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is a condition in which the chest wall doesn’t close correctly, causing pressure on the heart and lungs. It can cause shortness of breath, fatigue, and chest pain. The condition is caused by a variety of factors, including obesity, excess weight around the neck and upper back, age, pregnancy, surgery, congenital abnormalities, smoking, tight clothing, and repetitive use of the neck and shoulder muscles. Treatment typically involves changing lifestyle habits and receiving treatment from a physical therapist.
Many people are unaware that naturopathic doctors (NDs) can treat thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS). This disorder is a condition in which the neck and chest muscles become too tight, restricting blood flow to the arms and hands. NDs may be able to help treat TOS with a variety of treatments including acupuncture, and hydrotherapy.