Hypothyroidism and Chiropractic Care (Look into these 5 therapies)
The thyroid is a gland in the neck that produces hormones necessary to maintain a range of bodily functions. If the thyroid isn’t stimulating enough hormone, the condition is called hypothyroidism or “underactive thyroid.”
Thyroid hormones impact your metabolism, causing it to slow down. The hormones span from the brain to the bowels, affecting appetite, concentration, and mood.
Those with hypothyroidism may be at increased risk for chronic conditions, including heart disease, arthritis, age-related macular degeneration, and cognitive impairment.
Thyroid Hormone Replacement treatment is the standard protocol for hypothyroidism. The most common medications are levothyroxine derivatives, man-made versions of the thyroid hormone thyroxine (T4). Brands include Levoxyl, Synthroid, Tirosint, Unithroid, and Cytomel.
Once a medication is prescribed, it is recommended for life.
The short-term side effects of these medications include difficulty sleeping, headaches, hair loss, appetite disruption, and heart palpitations. Long-term effects may consist of brittle bones (osteoporosis) and heart attacks.
Lifestyle, diet, and supplement changes can help improve thyroid therapy outcomes. They include:
- Increasing foods high in B-vitamins and iron
- Avoiding foods that can interfere with thyroid function
- Consuming foods high in antioxidants
- Avoiding alcohol and tobacco
- Reducing caffeine intake
Chiropractic care can also address nerve interference from the spinal column, allowing the body to maximize its inherent healing ability. Case studies suggest improving or correcting subluxations (structural shifts in the spine leading to nerve obstruction) can relieve the symptoms of hypothyroidism and reduce the potential for a lifetime of medications.
If you have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, chiropractic care can be integral to healing your body from the inside out.
Contact True Potential Chiropractic today for a consultation!
By Dr. Bryen A. Bell, a Board-Certified Chiropractic Physician with over 20 years of professional experience. Contact Dr. Bell at True Potential Chiropractic family care facility. Call 503-574-4872 or visit tpcportland.com.