Chiropractic Care and Thyroid Health
The thyroid gland plays a role in regulating several processes in the body, such as temperature, growth, and metabolism. Thyroid hormones are used for various bodily functions, and thyroid disease can produce several distinct symptoms.
Abundant Life Care specializes in holistic chiropractic care and nutrition. We offer chiropractic treatments and nutritional advice to address several health problems.
Common Thyroid Gland Issues
Most thyroid issues involve thyroid hormone levels. Doctors have identified two main thyroid problems:
The body produces too much thyroid hormone.
The body produces too little thyroid hormone.
Common symptoms of hyperthyroidism include anxiety, restlessness, frequent bowel movements, and rapid heart rate. Thyroid inflammation and autoimmune disorders like Graves' disease are the most common causes of hyperthyroidism. An overactive thyroid gland produces thyroid nodules that can increase your risk of developing thyroid cancer.
The most common symptoms of hypothyroidism include fatigue, weight gain, muscle weakness, low heart rate, depression, enlarged thyroid gland, and memory impairment. An underactive thyroid does not produce enough hormones to regulate thyroid function. The most common causes of hypothyroidism are iodine deficiency and Hashimoto's thyroiditis, a relatively common autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to attack the thyroid and pituitary gland.
Both hypo and hyperthyroidism can lead to chest pain, liver problems, and digestive and kidney diseases. Thyroid disease can also exacerbate an existing autoimmune disorder.
Can Chiropractic Care Help Thyroid Disease?
Thyroid hormone production is part of the nervous system, which includes the spinal cord and brain. Spinal misalignment can interrupt nerve communication, leading to thyroid disorders. Chiropractic care can address thyroid problems without resorting to thyroid surgery.
Abundant Life Chiropractic is dedicated to promoting comprehensive health through our chiropractic care and nutritional services. If you would like to learn more about chiropractic treatments for thyroid health, contact us online or give us a call at (410) 256-1672!