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A 21-year-old member asked:

If i adopt better posture, can i prevent or relieve thoracic outlet syndrome symptoms?

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Dr. Allen Fein
Specializes in Family Medicine
Shoulder Posture yes: Thoracic outlet syndrome is helped by paying attention to your shoulder posture and how your arms hang. The advice i give to patients is to avoid letting your arms just hang down by gravity while sitting watching tv, or while driving extended periods. Rather, support your flexed elbows up on cushions, to relieve the pressure on the delicate nerves coming out through the shoulder. Also get pt!
Dr. Bettina Herbert
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 20 years experience
Absolutely: I agree with dr. Fein's suggestions and also add for you to consider working with an osteopathic physician who does omt (manipulation) (aao or cranial academy for online listings) as well as with therapies like yoga (great for posture!), feldenkrais, alexander, bowen, pilates and other body-centered therapies to keep you healthy for a long time to come.

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Last updated Nov 6, 2015

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