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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

The thoracic outlet is the area of the shoulder/neck where the nerves (brachial plexus) and blood vessels (subclavian vessels) pass from the cervical area toward the axilla.  Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is a set of symptoms due to compression and/or irritation of these vessels and nerves.  There is much controversy among physicians and diagnosing this syndrome is very difficult.  It is often confused with carpal tunnel syndrome, brachial plexus syndrome, rotator cuff syndrome, and bursitis. Always see your MD or an MD specialist for diagnosing this syndrome and getting the OK for deep tissue massage first.

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Sarcomeres

Sarcomeres

A sarcomere (Greek σάρξ sarx “flesh”, μέρος meros “part”) is the complicated unit of striated muscle tissue. It is the repeating unit between two Z lines. Skeletal muscles are composed of tubular muscle cells (myocytes called muscle fibers or myofibers) which are formed in a process known as myogenesis.

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Dr. Lawrence Wilson, MD

Dr. Lawrence Wilson, MD

The human nervous system has two major divisions, the voluntary and the autonomic systems.  The voluntary system is concerned mainly with movement and sensation.  It consists of a motor and sensory nerves, among many others.

The autonomic system mainly controls functions over which we have less conscious control.  These include the digestion of food, blood pressure, and heart rate.  Its nerves leave the spine and connect to all the major organs and glands, either inhibiting or stimulating their activity.

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