We’ve all heard the words hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s disease, and Graves’s disease, but what is the thyroid and what can we do to help this organ? Can thyroid function Improve without surgery or drugs?
The thyroid is a small organ of the endocrine system residing in the front of the neck. Being a part of the endocrine system means the thyroid secretes hormones to help regulate the body. These hormones work to regulate metabolism, heart rate, breathing, and development just to name a few.
According to the National Women’s Health Information Center, about 20 million American’s have a thyroid disorder whether they are aware of it or not. Some times thyroid disorders can go unnoticed because the symptoms seem so common in the U.S. These symptoms include: weight gain, hot/cold sensitivities, fatigue, dry skin, brittle hair (for hypothyroidism) and weight loss, anxiety, sweating, diarrhea (for hyperthyroidism).
Most commonly women develop these symptoms and believe them to be effects of aging or “hormonal changes”. It is important to recognize these symptoms as a thyroid disorder to prevent further complications of thyroid diseases such as infertility, heart disease, heart palpitations, and osteoporosis.
Exciting new research is showing how Chiropractic care can help the thyroid function properly! In a recent study, a man suffering from hypothyroidism received Structural Chiropractic care and improved his thyroid hormone secretion into the normal range. He did not change his lifestyle, diet or exercise levels during his care. With his improved thyroid function, his need for man-made thyroid hormone decreased. This is the fourth study reporting improved thyroid function following Chiropractic care.