One of the lesser-known autoimmune diseases is called Hashimoto’s, and although it has a relatively low profile in the general population, it actually affects around 14 million Americans. It leads the body to believe that the thyroid is a foreign invader and a threat to a person’s general health, resulting in two different antibodies that then attack the function and health of the ever-important thyroid gland.
Most people with Hashimoto’s disease will have elevated levels of one or both of these antibodies, and they are likely to experience symptoms similar to that of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, sometimes at the same time. Hashimoto’s can cause other systems of the body to work improperly, such as the adrenals and the digestive system, both of which can lead to more intensified issues with the thyroid. It is a cyclical problem that only worsens if not addressed, often leading to a damaged thyroid that may not be reparable. Additionally, long-term thyroid problems can bring about more severe autoimmune disorders and other serious health problems.
The Direct Connection Between the Spine and Thyroid
While Hashimoto’s disease can be dealt with in a variety of ways, one of the safest and most effective measures is through chiropractic care. Not only is chiropractic natural and free from concerning side effects and risks, but it is also extremely helpful in improving thyroid health. The thyroid is located very near to the spine, specifically the seventh cervical vertebra at the base of the neck. Nearby misalignments can put undue pressure on the nerves, impacting communication between the brain and body, bringing about dysfunction in the thyroid and other important areas. Additionally, when the thyroid is working improperly and is swollen, it can actually push on surrounding nerves and even the vertebrae, creating more neural interference and dysfunction.
Chiropractic Care and Hashimoto’s Disease
Although Hashimoto’s may be a little more intensive to treat than hypo- or hyperthyroidism, many individuals have seen great improvement in their symptoms and overall quality of life with regular chiropractic adjustments. When the spine is properly aligned, the body is able to function properly and regulate all systems more effectively, leading to better overall health. In addition to chiropractic care, many individuals with diagnosed Hashimoto’s disease have seen improvements with lifestyle changes that include a healthier diet, more exercise, better sleep, and less stress. Certain foods have been linked to an improvement in thyroid health, just as artificial sweeteners have been linked to an increased likelihood of developing Hashimoto’s disease.
Do your research if you’re looking to improve your thyroid health, and make sure to talk to Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor and his team at Greater Life Chiropractic about how regular adjustments can help you manage Hashimoto’s disease. Contact Greater Life Chiropractic today to learn more about neurologically-based chiropractic care in Charlotte and to schedule your consultation.
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