Chiropractic and Thyroid Health
Chiropractic care is almost always associated with back and neck pain. But did you know that chiropractic can also aid and support other major health issues including thyroid disorders and diseases?
So how does the thyroid (an endocrine gland the neck) tie into chiropractic care?
In honor of Thyroid Health Awareness Month, let’s discuss the benefits of chiropractic care for thyroid health.
Around 20 million Americans suffer from a thyroid disease, and it is believed that 12% of the population will have a thyroid condition in their lifetime.
When someone suffers from a thyroid condition, medical recommendations include thyroid hormone replacement, improved nutrition, and better handling of stress.
So how does chiropractic care tie into all of this?
Thyroid Health and Chiropractic
Many people suffering from hypothyroidism (the most common thyroid condition) go undiagnosed for a long time. You may experience symptoms such as carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, inflammation, slow recovery from muscle injuries, autoimmune joint diseases like arthritis, and back pain due to obesity.
These musculoskeletal issues may lead to you seeking out a chiropractor, who is trained to identify underlying issues and conditions.
Once a hypothyroidism condition has been diagnosed, your chiropractor can direct you to a medical doctor so that you can begin your treatment, allowing you to feel relief from your symptoms.
When your nervous system is in a state of imbalance, your immune system is likely to be affected by this imbalance.
A comprised immune system will leave you open to chronic infections, which might set off an autoimmune response (most cases of hypothyroidism can be classified as autoimmune conditions e.g. Hashimoto’s-which attacks the thyroid gland).
Correcting nervous imbalances through chiropractic care therefore prevents the numerous health conditions that might arise from this imbalance.
There is evidence that suggests that some thyroid disorders are due to failing brain and spinal cord nerves which manage the production of the thyroid hormone. A misalignment of the vertebrae may cause the nerve malfunction which is affecting thyroid hormone production.
Chiropractors work to realign the vertebrae and bring back optimum nerve communication, so that your body (and thyroid) can function properly again.
Regular chiropractic care allows you to maintain a well-functioning nervous system, for optimum body function. Book your chiropractic appointment today and restore your health.