Thyroid conditions are among the most under-explored ailments plaguing Americans today. They range from minor (under-active thyroid) to major (thyroid cancer), and have a profound impact on everyday life regardless of severity.
The reason thyroid conditions are often overlooked is because their symptoms are general. Fatigue, moodiness, muscle pain, brain fog, and more are all cornerstones of a thyroid condition. Consequently, these same symptoms can be indicative of numerous other conditions. Attributing them to thyroid dysfunction specifically means delving deeper into the body’s physiology. Often, this means examining the spine.
Assessing the spine from a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) standpoint helps to solidify a thyroid diagnosis by examining the cervical spine of patients complaining of general fatigue. Exploring subluxations in the lower cervical spine can yield insight into potential nerve blockages and other contributing factors to thyroid conditions.
Roots in C7
The nerve cluster linked to the thyroid gland can be mapped down the spine to the last cervical vertebrae: C7. This is the first place a chiropractor will examine when patients have complaints of fatigue, brain fog, or moodiness. Subluxations, translation, or disc deterioration at the C7 vertebrae could mean the nerves and blood supply to the thyroid are being disrupted or cut off entirely.
Linking cervical dysfunction
Subluxations in C7 are not an absolute cause of thyroid dysfunction. This single vertebra may not show signs of movement at all, which means a chiropractor may have to probe further into the cervical spine for evidence of a thyroid condition.
Looking for chiropractic issues that correlate with thyroid troubles means examining and linking spine conditions with possible ailments. For example, cervical dysfunction patients may see general nerve issues emanating from this region, which may be contributor to faulty nerve signals being delivered to the thyroid gland. Diagnosis of a root condition that has peripheral effects on the gland is another way of helping to qualify a thyroid condition.
Does hyper- or hypothyroidism run in a patient’s family? Is the patient under immense stress from work or in their personal life? Are there other symptoms worth noting about a patient’s wellness that align with thyroid function? These details are necessary in linking nerve disruption to thyroid ailments and factoring the potential role spinal manipulation could have in alleviating symptoms.
Treating cervical misalignment
Piecing together evidence of subluxations, blocked nerves, cervical spine dysfunction, and patient details can form a complex picture of a thyroid condition. And, even if that condition is being tested or treated by a general physician, it may still benefit from chiropractic adjustment.
While general physicians may recommend diet and medication to correct thyroid function, chiropractors can help to improve the nerve function to the gland itself. This may include re-opening pinched pathways, restoring blood flow to the region, or helping nerve signals fire appropriately and fully.
At Ideal Spine, we advocate for an incremental, tailored approach to restoring cervical spine curvature and nerve health. Our team has seen numerous patients who complain of fatigue, mental fog, and moodiness, and we’ve helped many of them link these symptoms to thyroid dysfunction. If you constantly feel like you’re in a fog, schedule a free consultation with us today to learn more about our through Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach.
Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.