The thyroid gland is located just below the Adam’s apple and wraps around the trachea. The purpose of the thyroid is to regulate metabolic processes, maintain body temperature, and regulate growth in the body. When it doesn’t do one or all of these things properly, it can lead to a thyroid disorder. There are two common types of thyroid problems: hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid that doesn’t produce enough hormones, while hyperthyroidism produces thyroid hormones in excessive amount. Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor can help reduce or eliminate symptoms of both types of thyroid issues.
Health Issues Related To Thyroid Function
Hyperthyroidism, an excess amount of the thyroid hormones, can lead to many health problems. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include excessive sweating, rapid heart rate, increased bowel movements, tremors, anxiety, and restlessness. While medication is commonly given to those experiencing hyperthyroidism, too much thyroid medication can cause thyroiditis which is inflammation of the thyroid that can lead to additional problems. Hypothyroidism, or low thyroid function, has its own slew of health problems that are different than hyperthyroidism. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include weight gain, depression, memory loss, hair loss, fatigue, decreased concentration, and muscle cramps. Removal of the thyroid, autoimmune disorders, or prescription medications can be a cause of hypothyroidism. Thankfully, a diagnosis of a thyroid disorder doesn’t have to be the end and you don’t have to deal with a thyroid problem and its related issues forever. Chiropractic care has been found to be an excellent alternative to medication in correcting a thyroid that isn’t functioning properly.
Managing Thyroid Function with Chiropractic Care
Because the thyroid is regulated by the brain, chiropractic care is a vital part to achieving optimal thyroid health. The central nervous system is made up of the brain and spinal cord, and subluxations, or misalignments in the spine, disrupt the nerve function between the brain and the spinal cord causing dysfunction throughout the body. To allow the signals to pass between the brain, spinal cord, and thyroid properly, Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor will adjust the spine and remove the misalignment.
The vagus nerve that controls the thyroid is closely related to the spine, so any subluxations could cause an interruption between the spine and vagus nerve, which in turn will cause the thyroid to not function properly. Spinal adjustments create a balance between the brain and the spine and will build up the immune system, promoting optimal health and overall wellness.
In one instance of hypothyroidism, a 50-year-old man sought chiropractic care to decrease his need for synthetic thyroid hormones. After consistent adjustments and corrections of misalignments, his need for the synthetic hormones drastically reduced and his cervical curve improved, leading not only to improved thyroid function, but also to better posture and decreased neck and back pain. Furthermore, a 34-year-old pregnant woman was struggling with hypothyroidism and irritable bowel syndrome. After two months of regular chiropractic adjustments, her thyroid function improved enough to stop all medication. Additionally, her irritable bowel syndrome improved and her lower back and hip pain were greatly reduced.
If you feel you may be suffering from a thyroid disorder and want to learn more about the benefits of chiropractic adjustments, call Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor at Greater Life Chiropractic to set up a consultation.
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