Tools for Self Treatment of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Top 3 Tools You Need Right Now

Trigger Point Therapy Workbook

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The Original Backnobber

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The Original Jacknobber II

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Tools to Get Relief from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Below is a list of tools and other resources that are beneficial to those with TOS. As you can see the primary focus is on trigger point therapy tools, as those are the ones I found to be the most effective in treating pain in various parts of the body.

Tools

Books

You don’t have to get all three books, but it’s worth it to at least try one of them out. The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook is your best starting point, as the book is easy to read and is very highly rated.

  • Trigger Point Therapy Workbook

    Trigger points, sometimes referred to as muscle knots, can be one of the causes for TOS. Trigger point therapy in and of itself can be a very effective therapy for a variety of pain. Pay special attention to your scalene muscles, which are small thin muscles at your neck that can wreak a lot of havoc on other parts of your body. This book will help you by teaching you how to self treat your trigger points.

    Get It at Amazon.com »

  • Save Yourself from Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

    This ebook is well worth the purchase. Written by a former massage therapist turned trigger point therapy guru, this book is full of interesting information about self-treatment. It’s written very well and there are a lot of footnotes that provice insights into the science of trigger point therapy.

    Get It at SaveYourself.ca »

  • Trigger Point Therapy for Myofascial Pain: The Practice of Informed Touch

    This is another highly regarded book on trigger point therapy that is very well organized and includes some very good illustrations about referred pain patterns. This is a good addition to the Trigger Point Therapy Workbook by Claire Davies.

    Get It at Amazon.com »

Self-Treatment Tools

Try the Backnobber or the Thera Cane as your “go-to” tools and expand from there. You’ll want to get a handheld massage tool like the Jacknobber and a foam roller as well. The foam roller is great for working your entire back at once and it’s got the added benefit of being easily used to massage other body parts easily.

  • The Original Backnobber

    Highly rated self-massage and trigger point release tool that provides two types of pressure on your trigger points. This tool is well worth the investment, as it will save your hands and fingers, and also allow you to reach those hard-to-reach areas on your shoulders and back.

    Get It at Amazon.com »

  • The Original Jacknobber II

    This ebook is well worth the purchase. Written by a former massage therapist turned trigger point therapy guru, this book is full of interesting information about self-treatment. It’s written very well and there are a lot of footnotes that provice insights into the science of trigger point therapy.

    Get It at Amazon.com »

  • Trigger Point Performance Self Myofascial Release and Deep Tissue Massage Ball

    You can use this ball in similar fashion to a lacross ball (see bellow), although this ball has been specifically developed for trigger point therapy. Use it on the ground or against a wall to put pressure on your shoulder and back trigger points. You can also roll it with your hand on your pectoralis muscles (chest).

    Get It at Amazon.com »

  • The Grid Foam Roller

    You may want to start out by going to your gym (or a physical therapy office) and trying out a standard foam roller. There are different densities and how you treat your TOS can vary, though the most common way of getting relief is to roll on your upper back to try to get some release of the muscles up there. This roller is nice because it fits nicely in a suitcase or backpack, and you can keep it at work without it taking up much space.

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  • Thera Cane Massager

    This tool is similar to the Original Backnobber, but is made of fiberglass, which can seem a bit less forviging than the plastic backnobber. However, it is a bit more versatile and is very highly rated. Note that you don’t have to get the backnobber if you get the Thera Cane and vice versa.

    Get It at Amazon.com »

  • Knobble II Massager

    This tool is similar to the Jacknobber tool listed above, but it applies pressure in a different way and it is easier to hold for sustained trigger point pressure or general massage (try going in small circles or up & down).

    Get It at Amazon.com »

 

 

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