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Old 07-11-2019, 06:51 PM   #11
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Old 07-17-2019, 06:42 AM   #12
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Hi! I live in Norway and have now finally been diagnosed with TOS by an excersise correctional specialist named Kjetil Larsen here in Norway ** I also have depressed shoulders and have been advised by him to raise my shoulders by about 1-2 cm, because veins/nerves are being crushed between collarbone and first rib. Iím having to learn new posture with shoulders and how to correctly use shoulder blades etc. I notice a big difference in ulnaris pain when I hold my shoulders up, itís a big relief. Kjetil recommends no stretching of neck muscles, because these muscles are often very weak on TOS patients.
I recommend checking out his website or looking him up on YouTube. He has also published an article about how to correctly identify and treat TOS.

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Old 07-17-2019, 10:13 PM   #13
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Hi! I live in Norway and have now finally been diagnosed with TOS by an excersise correctional specialist named Kjetil Larsen here in Norway ** I also have depressed shoulders and have been advised by him to raise my shoulders by about 1-2 cm, because veins/nerves are being crushed between collarbone and first rib. Iím having to learn new posture with shoulders and how to correctly use shoulder blades etc. I notice a big difference in ulnaris pain when I hold my shoulders up, itís a big relief. Kjetil recommends no stretching of neck muscles, because these muscles are often very weak on TOS patients.
I recommend checking out his website or looking him up on YouTube. He has also published an article about how to correctly identify and treat TOS.
Dude that is crazy?!! I posted his article and I have an online appointment with him! So nuts man you are lucky you get to see him in person. I am following his protocols as best I can and I've seen huge leaps in improvement in the past. Month or so! Please keep us updated with your progress!
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Old 07-18-2019, 02:00 PM   #14
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Dude that is crazy?!! I posted his article and I have an online appointment with him! So nuts man you are lucky you get to see him in person. I am following his protocols as best I can and I've seen huge leaps in improvement in the past. Month or so! Please keep us updated with your progress!
Yes, I wish I had found about him a long time ago. I wonder why physical therapists donít have the knowledge he does!! Itís kind of scary getting advice from them, then getting contradictory advice from him. He told me he has patients all over the world. It costs a lot of money, but if it helps me, itís worth it.
Iíve got another appointment on July 29. Good luck with your appointment!!
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Old 08-09-2019, 09:52 AM   #15
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Hi Dontbeamelvin, Hi Sahol78 (and everybody),

How are you today ?

I sincerely hope your condition continue to improve.

From my side, i did shrug, or rather monkey shrugs, and diagonal wall slides for nearly 10 days but this regimen didn't seem to improve my TOS (not sure of this).

I had the feeling that the disconfort and tightness in neck and traps slightly increased by doing these (not during the exercices but after at rest).

So i say myself that maybe a 10 days trial of this routine is too short for real improvement and that temporary discomfort's increase is not abnormal ?

In other words, do you think that 10 days of this routine is too short to give up ?

Also, in how many days/weeks did you saw improvement by strenghtening your upper traps/ serratus anterior ? Was there initially an increase of pain and tightness in neck and shoulder/elbow/hand ?

I would be very happy to have your thoughts.

God bless you.
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Old 08-10-2019, 05:05 AM   #16
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Hi!

Kjetil Larsen has me doing shrugs with very light weights or an elastic band, and more excersises to help strengthen neck muscles. I think these can be found on YouTube (??). I can only do a few of these and only 2x week. I get really sore/tight muscles in neck afterwards. Donít see any results with this yet, but have only been doing it since end of June and only 2x week. I think it will just take time. Yes, I agree that 10 days is probably way to short (but I donít know) to expect improvement, who helped you with your routine? Maybe youíre doing the excersises too often?? I was told that if I do my excersises correctly, they should be done slowly, 1 set to moderate fatigue, 2 x week that I should expect to have a mild worsening of my symptoms, but not for more than 1-2 days. I get this, mostly tender and tight scalenes and sore shoulder (I do some shoulder excersises because of some damaged muscles do to wrong shoulder posture and wrong use of shoulder blades over many years). Sometimes my fingers tingle more and I have a general achy feeling on my right side-my worse side.

I donít know what monkey shrugs are or the diagonal slides. I think itís probably normal to be sure and tight a few days. Good luck with your recovery! Hope you find some relief!

Have you checked out Kjetil Larsen on YouTube? He has a website, but I canít post website name in here. He does a lot of online appointments with people who canít come to his clinic, itís pricy but probably worth it if you can do it. His clinic is called Trening og rehab in Norwegian and I think itís Training and rehab in English??

Things I have learned from him about my TOS and TOS in general:

-never ever!!!!pull shoulders back and down as it crushes brachial plexus and can contribute to damage shoulder muscles
-lift shoulders 1-2 cm straight up, this helps my ulnar pain, but it takes a lot of time to get used to keeping this posture.
-get out of the cervical hinge-neck should be long (probably on YouTube)
- all excersises should be done slowly!!! It targets the muscle youíre working in, not all the other muscles. This makes the excersises much more effective and itís much harder to do them.

Again! Good luck!

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Old 08-11-2019, 12:39 PM   #17
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Kjetil Larsen has me doing shrugs with very light weights or an elastic band, and more excersises to help strengthen neck muscles. I think these can be found on YouTube (??). I can only do a few of these and only 2x week. I get really sore/tight muscles in neck afterwards. Donít see any results with this yet, but have only been doing it since end of June and only 2x week. I think it will just take time. Yes, I agree that 10 days is probably way to short (but I donít know) to expect improvement, who helped you with your routine? Maybe youíre doing the excersises too often?? I was told that if I do my excersises correctly, they should be done slowly, 1 set to moderate fatigue, 2 x week that I should expect to have a mild worsening of my symptoms, but not for more than 1-2 days. I get this, mostly tender and tight scalenes and sore shoulder (I do some shoulder excersises because of some damaged muscles do to wrong shoulder posture and wrong use of shoulder blades over many years). Sometimes my fingers tingle more and I have a general achy feeling on my right side-my worse side.

I donít know what monkey shrugs are or the diagonal slides. I think itís probably normal to be sure and tight a few days. Good luck with your recovery! Hope you find some relief!

Have you checked out Kjetil Larsen on YouTube? He has a website, but I canít post website name in here. He does a lot of online appointments with people who canít come to his clinic, itís pricy but probably worth it if you can do it. His clinic is called Trening og rehab in Norwegian and I think itís Training and rehab in English??

Things I have learned from him about my TOS and TOS in general:

-never ever!!!!pull shoulders back and down as it crushes brachial plexus and can contribute to damage shoulder muscles
-lift shoulders 1-2 cm straight up, this helps my ulnar pain, but it takes a lot of time to get used to keeping this posture.
-get out of the cervical hinge-neck should be long (probably on YouTube)
- all excersises should be done slowly!!! It targets the muscle youíre working in, not all the other muscles. This makes the excersises much more effective and itís much harder to do them.

Again! Good luck!
Hi SAHOL78,

First of all, thank you for your feedback.

This said, I hope sincerely that you will soon get improvement and cure by doing Kjetil's program.

To answer your question, i went in a shrug's regimen since Dontbeamelvin wrote on this thread that he underwent improvement by doing them on consistent basis and also i have watched Kjetil Larsen videos on youtube that advocate traps and scalenes strenghtening.

Moreover, if i well understood your sayings, you are to do 1 set of shrug 2 times per week and also 1 set of scalene's Kjetil's exercise 2 times per week ? Is it what Kjetil Told you ?

If i am right, i was maybe doing way too much since during this 10-12 days, i daily did 3 sets of 8 reps of "monkey shrugs" (without any weights by the way).

For "monkey shrugs", you could find some vids on youtube that show this exercise (i think it is basically the same exercise your are doing for your upper traps).

Thank you again in advance for your thoughts and God bless you in your struggle against TOS.
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:05 AM   #18
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Yes if you overdo it you will really increase your pain. You should only have a slight increase if you do the exercises correctly. The biggest thing that has helped me so far is raising the shoulders straight up about 1/2 inch. This has made a dramatic improvement after a couple of weeks.
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Yes if you overdo it you will really increase your pain. You should only have a slight increase if you do the exercises correctly. The biggest thing that has helped me so far is raising the shoulders straight up about 1/2 inch. This has made a dramatic improvement after a couple of weeks.
Hi Dontbeamelvin,

I'm really happy for your continuous recovery.

This said, i have a few question for you that are the following ?

1) Before things got better for you, did you have pain/disconfort in your ulnar nerve, from shoulder to little finger (that is now my case) ?

2) If it was the pain, how long did it it take to relief these ulnar symptoms by constantly raising your shoulder blade (in other words shrugging) ?

3) Also, have you had "first rib mobilization" ? I ask you because a chiro show me a self rib mobilization's exercise and I have the feeling it has increased my discomfort in this ulnar zone..

Thank you again for your thoughts.

God bless you.
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I will add, there is no one thing that works for everyone..it takes some experimenting to find what works for you..
But if something you try increases your pain/discomfort for more than a few days, you either pushed too much or it isn't the thing for you..

Baby steps to adding any activity is the best way to move forward.. pushing too hard will set you back..

Many with TOS have the delayed pain, a day or so after the activity.. (even a dr visit or PT) so that is something to be aware of also..
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