Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday Mobility: Athletic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)

The title of this mobilization is misleading because whole thoracic outlet syndrome is very common in athletes, particularly overhead athletes, it is also extremely common in the everyday desk jockey.  Constant overhead motion such as throwing, swinging in volleyball or consistent Olympic moments can cause TOS but your ability to maintain good posture can have a significant impact on it as well.  When we round forward and become short and tight in the front of our thorax it places extra stress on the upper ribs through the musculature and and cause that first (and second) rib to get out of place.  This can be the beginning of a lot of chronic pain both in the front and the back of your shoulder and possibly even some neurologic issues.

The video gives you an easy self mobilization for first rib involvement as well as a couple extra mobilizations to help reset your shoulder and return motion to it as well.

Credit to Kelly Starrett +MobilityWOD 

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