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Registered Massage Therapy Treatment for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

We understand that Thoracic Outlet Syndrome can be a debilitating condition, and we want to help you find relief. In this article, we’ll explore how Registered Massage Therapy can help treat Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and provide detailed information on how to book an appointment with our therapist.

What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) is a condition that affects the nerves and blood vessels that run from the neck to the arm. The thoracic outlet is a small space between the collarbone and the first rib, and when it becomes compressed, it can cause a variety of symptoms.

The symptoms of TOS can include pain or numbness in the shoulder, arm, or hand, weakness in the arm, and a tingling sensation in the fingers. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including trauma, poor posture, or repetitive strain injuries.

How Can Registered Massage Therapy Help?

Registered Massage Therapy (RMT) is a hands-on therapy that can help alleviate the symptoms of TOS. Massage therapy can help to increase blood flow and reduce inflammation, which can help to alleviate the compression on the nerves and blood vessels in the thoracic outlet.

Massage therapy can also help to release tension in the muscles of the neck and shoulders, which can contribute to the compression of the thoracic outlet. Your RMT will work with you to identify the areas of tension and use a variety of massage techniques to release the tension and increase mobility.

Finding a Registered Massage Therapist

  • When you’re looking for a registered massage therapist to help treat your TOS, it’s important to do your research. Look for a therapist who is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC).
  • It’s also important to find a therapist who has experience treating TOS. Ask potential therapists about their experience and training in treating TOS, and don’t be afraid to ask for references from other clients who have had success with their treatment.
  • During your first appointment with an RMT, they will perform an assessment to identify the areas of tension and create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Treatment plans may include a combination of massage therapy, stretching exercises, and self-care techniques.

Types of TOS

  • Scalene triangle compression: The scalene muscles are located on both sides of the neck, and when they become tight or overworked, they can compress the nerves and blood vessels that pass through the scalene triangle. Symptoms of scalene triangle compression include pain, numbness, and tingling in the shoulder, arm, and hand. This type of TOS is the most common, and is often seen in people who engage in repetitive overhead activities, such as weightlifting, swimming, or playing certain sports.
  • Costoclavicular compression: The thoracic outlet is located between the collarbone and the first rib, and the space in this area can become narrow or compressed, leading to TOS symptoms. Costoclavicular compression occurs when the collarbone and first rib are pulled together, narrowing the space in the thoracic outlet. This can be caused by poor posture, trauma, or repetitive motions of the arms and shoulders. Symptoms of costoclavicular compression include pain, numbness, and weakness in the arm and hand, as well as swelling and discoloration.
  • Pectoralis minor compression: The pectoralis minor muscle is located in the front of the chest, and when it becomes tight or overworked, it can compress the nerves and blood vessels that pass through the space underneath it. Symptoms of pectoralis minor compression include pain, numbness, and tingling in the arm and hand, as well as weakness and difficulty with certain movements. This type of TOS is often seen in people who spend a lot of time at a computer or in a forward-leaning position, as well as those who engage in activities that involve reaching overhead or behind the body.


In order to effectively treat TOS, it is important to identify the underlying cause of the compression and address it appropriately. This may involve physical therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, massage therapy, and/or medication. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to relieve the compression and restore proper nerve and blood vessel function.

If you’re struggling with the symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, registered massage therapy may be an effective treatment option. By working with a registered massage therapist, you can address the underlying causes of TOS and find relief from your symptoms.

We hope this article has provided you with a better understanding of how registered massage therapy can help treat TOS and how to find a registered massage therapist near you. If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment with one of our registered massage therapists, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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