There are established benefits to upper cervical specific procedures in impacting illnesses and conditions resistant to other forms of care. Qualified doctors have identified thyroid disorders as one that has experienced a positive response from upper cervical chiropractic care.
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of the neck, next to the windpipe. It regulates the secretion of important hormones (TSH, T3, and T4) as the main source of energy for our body’s cells. Our entire metabolism relies on the thyroid as a regulator for homeostasis, and abnormalities in the gland’s functioning can contribute to conditions and diseases such as autoimmune thyroid, Hashimoto’s, and Graves’ diseases, as well as thyroiditis, thyroid cancer, and thyroid nodules or goiters.
In the past, we’ve discussed the delicate arrangement of vertebrae, cartilage, and tissues like the brainstem that exist within the connections between skull, neck, and spinal cord in humans. In some cases, head and neck injuries are a contributing factor in thyroid problems caused by subluxations in the upper cervical spine. The fragile arrangement of nerves and tissues, including the brainstem, within the atlas and axis vertebra are most often impacted.
Minor adjustments to correct these subluxations have been known to have amazing results, and those with thyroid disorders are ones that would logically benefit from such non-invasive treatment, as opposed to surgery or long-term medications. In terms of treating debilitating symptoms that include fatigue, hair loss, dry skin, weight gain, depression, anxiety, and increased heart rate, it would seem a beneficial option worth investigating.
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About the author: Dr. Shawn Dill is an Upper Cervical doctor practicing in Dublin, CA. He can be reached through his website, www.TheSpecific.com. (This month the Specific Chiropractic Center is conducting an in-depth seminar to discuss thyroid disorders – their symptoms, their complications, and the consequences of the many treatment options. Join us for an opportunity to better understand how the thyroid impacts our overall health, and whether the consideration of upper cervical chiropractic care would benefit your search for a long-term solution for thyroid disorder.)