I was reading a journal abstract this weekend about a study that was just conducted on a 52 year old woman who started chiropractic care for neck and upper back pain. She also suffered from a condition known as hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is a disease of the endocrine (hormone) system where a small gland in the front of your neck makes too little of the hormone thyroxine. The thyroid gland controls your metabolism and how you break down food for energy. When this gland is underactive it can lead to symptoms like constant fatigue and tiredness, weakness, weight gain, hair loss, intolerance to cold and dry, rough skin.
Interestingly, all hormones are controlled by two specific parts of your brain called the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland. Your pituitary gland releases hormones that enter the bloodstream and travel to the organs you see on this picture which in turn release other hormones to keep your body in balance. In the case of this 52 year old woman, she was doing what most people diagnosed with hypothyroidism do – she was taking medications to stimulate her body to release more thyroxine.
In this particular case study, after 9 months of chiropractic care this woman's blood work returned to normal and she was able to get off her thyroid medications. Studies like this confirm that chiropractic care improves the way your brain communicates with your body. Your nervous system controls virtually everything in your body which is why hormone-related conditions are also found to improve when someone incorporates chiropractic care into their lifestyle. To read the abstract from the study please take a look at the back of this page.
There are so many benefits to ongoing chiropractic care but hormone balance is one of the most important!
On this week's video you will notice that I am introducing our Coldest Night of the Year fundraising campaign. We have participated in the CNOY walk over the last 3 years and as an office we have been able to support this cause to eradicate homelessness in our community thanks to your generous support.
If you are able to make a contribution and sponsor our walk we would greatly appreciate it. To do so, speak to Jenny or Sharon at the front desk. Also, if you want to join us we would love to have your company. For $25 you can join our team and accompany us for the 5 km walk. Alternatively, if this cause really strikes a chord with you, you can ask Jenny for a pledge form and raise funds yourself and turn them into the office before the walk at the end of the month. They waive the $25 entry fee for those who raise $150 in pledges.
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Caitlin Reimer, DC
Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ January 27, 2020 ~ Pages 171-177
Objective: The purpose of this paper is to report the effects of subluxation based chiropractic care utilizing Diversified Technique with a 52-year-old female patient with hypothyroidism that was previously treated using prescription thyroid medication.
Clinical Features: A 52-year-old female presented for chiropractic care with a chief complaint of discomfort and/or paresthesia in the cervical spine, upper thoracic spine, bilateral cervical dorsal spine, mid thoracic spine, bilateral knee pain and bilateral hip pain with extensive sitting. She was previously diagnosed with hypothyroidism by her medical doctor and was prescribed medication to treat this condition.
Intervention and Outcomes: A thorough case history, physical examination and chiropractic examination were performed and it was found that the patient had vertebral subluxations of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, sacrum and pelvis. After 9 months of regular, subluxation specific, chiropractic care, the patient reported that blood work indicated she no longer had hypothyroidism and her medical doctor had removed her from all medications. Six months following this, the patient’s blood work indicated she was maintaining normal levels of TSH, without medication. The patient is still under regular chiropractic care.
Conclusions: Subluxation based chiropractic care may be a beneficial approach in reversing hypothyroidism, reduction of the symptoms of hypothyroidism and improving the quality of life for individuals with hypothyroidism. Further research is necessary to prove a correlation between chiropractic care and the reversal of hypothyroidism and to validate the benefit of chiropractic care for improved quality of life for persons diagnosed with hypothyroidism.
Key Words: hypothyroidism, hypothyroid, thyroid, chiropractic, chiropractic adjustment, vertebral subluxation, Diversified Technique