Intuition and experimentation
"If you want to get yourself out of your pain on your own, you have to develop intuition." Naudi Agular-Functionalpatterns.com
I think this is very true. People keep asking me how I figure out all the different things that I'm doing. Basically, it's just intuition and a willingness to experiment a lot. My routine is different every single day, that way I don't get bored and my body keeps adapting.
The last time I had physical therapy was probably about eight or nine years ago. It was at Dr. Newkirks Office in San Rafael. He dealt with a lot of TOS patients. The extent of my therapy was, several sessions of hands on therapy, lying on the floor with some rolled up bubble wrap between my shoulder blades, and lying lengthwise on a foam roller. That was it. A good start, but barely scratched the surface of what I needed. It was like trying to melt an iceberg with a cigarette lighter.
Nowadays, there's plenty of information out there on the Internet, but you have to sort through it and figure out what works and what doesn't. Some of the people out there giving advice and exercises for TOS, are just repeating what someone else told them, they haven't done, and experienced it, on their own. I try to learn from the people who have done it themselves. A lot of information out there is just plain wrong, or doesn't work, in my opinion.