The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck above the Adam’s apple. It has a huge impact on numerous bodily functions. In fact, this gland influences all of the metabolic processes in the body. The thyroid produces the thyroid hormone (TH), which regulates your metabolism, heartbeat and body temperature. Symptoms or signs often develop if too much (Hyperthyroidism) or too little (Hyporthyroidism) thyroid hormone is produced.
Do you have a thyroid disorder? Signs of a thyroid problem include:
- Feeling Nervous, Anxious, Irritable
- Increased Perspiration
- Heart Palpations, Increased Heart Rate
- Increased Appetite
- Reduced Libido
- Increased Bowel Movements, Diarrhea
- Weight Loss
- Higher Blood Pressure
- Muscle Weakness
- Trembling Hands
- Development of a Goiter (an enlargement in the neck)
- Shorter/Lighter Menstrual Periods
- Feeling Sluggish
- Weight Gain
- Dry Skin, Lifeless Hair or Hair Loss
- Feeling Cold (Hands and Feet)
- Disturbed Sleep
- Musculoskeletal Symptoms (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Arthritis, Joint Degeneration)
- Back Pain (Caused by obesity)
- Poor Recovery from Muscle Injury
Who experiences thyroid disorder symptoms?
According to reports, more than 59 million people in the US have thyroid issues. Other facts and statistics include:
- Half of those with a thyroid disorder are undiagnosed (15 million).
- Women are ten times more likely than men to have a thyroid problem. The odds are increased if you are a woman over age 35.
- More common as we age, especially over age 50.
What causes a Thyroid Disorder?
There are many factors that can cause the thyroid gland to produce an abnormal amount of TH, resulting in thyroid problem symptoms. Theories and factors include:
- Trauma or neck surgery
- Hormonal Imbalance
- Pregnant or first year after pregnancy
- Toxins (Heavy metal toxicity) or Smoking
- Nutritional Deficiencies, Excesses or Sensitivities (Gluten sensitivity, Vitamin D, Iodine or overconsumption of raw foods in the goitrogen family – spinach, brussels sprouts)
- Autoimmune Disorder
- Medication or Medical Treatment
What natural, non-invasive treatments are available for thyroid issues?
- Chiropractic – Chiropractors help to balance the nervous system. In some instances, a subluxation (spinal misalignment) or interference can affect the nerves that supply the thyroid gland, causing it to malfunction. By correcting this or any spinal misalignment, normal function can be restored, thus allowing the body to heal itself.
- Acupuncture – Once a pattern diagnosis is completed, acupuncture can help restore hormonal balance, regulate energy levels, smooth emotions and manage sleep. This is accomplished by utilizing several powerful points on the ear and body, which regulate the production of thyroid hormones.
- Nutritional Counseling – Nutrition is vital when trying to optimize thyroid function. If deficiencies or excesses exist, symptoms can be triggered or exacerbated. Iodine, Vitamin D, Selenium and B12, etc. should all be evaluated.
Here at The AIMS Clinic, we treat the entire person – not just the disease. We provide guidance to help patients live a healthy lifestyle, one that includes proper nutrition, exercise and stress relieving tools. If you are suffering with thyroid problem symptoms, alternative therapies and treatments – at times integrated with medical intervention, can help you achieve an active life, free from many of the symptoms above. For us, it’s all about education, detecting factors or triggers and providing compassionate support. If you think you may have signs of a thyroid problem, free consultations are available at the AIMS Clinic. Call us at (732) 254-5553.