By Drs. Drew and Kanema Clark –
Thyroid problems have become all too common, but definitely not normal. It is estimated that 30 million Americans suffer with thyroid problems and of those 30 million, 95% of them have a thyroid that is under functioning. To add insult to injury almost half of those cases either go misdiagnosed or in some cases undiagnosed altogether. There are some physicians that estimate as many as 1 in 5 Americans may suffer from a low thyroid state. Below are some of the many symptoms associated with an improperly functioning Thyroid.
- Anxiety or Nervousness
- High Blood pressure
- Muscle or Joint Pain
- Severe Fatigue
- Changes in Skin & Hair
- Weight gain
- Bowl problems
- High Cholesterol
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of the neck, next to the windpipe, under the Adam’s apple. It produces important hormones (T3, and T4) that affect almost every process in the body. These processes include but are not limited to metabolism, heart rate, body temperature, and healing or repair. Therefore, it is easy to understand how important it is to ensure that your thyroid is functioning optimally. If these hormones are not produced in enough quantity it produces a condition known as hypothyroidism and if too much of the hormones are produced hyperthyroidism results. Even though problems with the thyroid are common, symptoms often appear gradually, allowing the condition to wreak havoc on your quality of life over time. Maybe, this has been your reality but maybe, Upper Cervical Chiropractic is your answer.
There is a growing body of evidence that reports certain cases of thyroid disorders result from the malfunction of nerve pathways in the brain, brainstem, and spinal cord. Whether the thyroid is too active or not active enough the problem can be due to a malfunction or interruption in the communication between these structures. According to a study published in the Journal of Manipulative Therapeutics, there was a correlation between whiplash incidents and poor thyroid function post injury. This begins connecting the dots as to how communication between the brain and thyroid can break down and lead to problems. Furthermore, we gather a clearer understanding if we take into account information published in the Journal of Neurology by Dr. T. Lee, “hyperfunctional (over active) or Hypofunctional (under active) neurons along a neural chain prevent normal nerve transmission causing disturbances in the homeostasis of cells, tissues and organs.” In other words, if communication breaks down then so does the function of that particular cell, tissue or organ.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic and Thyroid Conditions
Fundamentally, when we consider how head and neck trauma can create a situation that causes a disruption in the communication between the nerve structures and introduce the concept that the sole purpose of Upper Cervical Care is to restore proper nerve communication; one could understand how Upper Cervical Chiropractic can help in many cases.
This is accomplished by evaluating the delicate relationship between the first bone (Atlas) and the brainstem, which is a vital component of the neural communicating pathway. If a problem with this atlas bone if detected we gently and specifically reposition the bone, freeing nerve communication and maximizing your body’s natural recuperative power. Our job is not to treat or cure thyroid conditions, we simply, yet effectively ensure proper Brain to Body communication.
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