New Research on Hypothyroidism

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New Research on Hypothyroidism

Research Reveals Chiropractic May Help

A recent study revealed that a man suffering from hypothyroidism for several years found relief from his symptoms and was able to lower his medication following chiropractic care. The research reported in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, revealed dramatic improvement in the patient's health after visiting the chiropractor. “Research indicates that minor shifts in the structure of the spine may impact function, suggesting that these structural shifts may be a factor in a number of disorders. Structural shifts may lead to nerve obstruction and could possibly result in a host of health problems such as thyroid dysfunction.” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study. Other chiropractic researchers have reported on similar results and reviews of the scientific research reveal numerous other studies that have shown a similar connection. 

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“It makes a lot of sense when you think about it” stated McCoy. “It’s reasonable to suggest that if you obstruct the nerves exiting the spine, the result of the obstruction can have far reaching implications on the functioning of the body. Through research reports like this we are finding that correcting these structural shifts reduces nerve obstruction, bringing about marked improvement in people who are experiencing a variety of maladies.” 

Ordinarily, people suffering from disorders such as hypothyroidism may be given medications to cover up their symptoms. Uncovering the cause of the problem is a much better strategy. One such cause is thought to be structural shifts in the spine - more commonly known as vertebral subluxations by doctors of chiropractic. These vertebral subluxations result in nerve obstruction. It’s these obstructions that may cause symptoms such as those seen in this study, and doctors of chiropractic correct these obstructions. 

The patient reported on in the study was a 49-year-old man with neck, back, and shoulder pain as well low energy, fatigue and slurred speech. He was previously diagnosed with hypothyroidism and place on Synthroid. 

The chiropractor examined the man, took x-rays and found significant structural shifts in his neck, mid back, low back and pelvis. He had a loss of the normal curve in his neck. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct. 

After instituting chiropractic care the patient experienced resolution of his pain, his energy, fatigue and speech improved, he was able to lower his medication dosage and the curve in his neck improved.  

According to McCoy, these results suggest a possible link between thyroid function and spinal subluxations.  Correcting the subluxations through the use of specific chiropractic adjustments are believed to have returned this man's function to normal. 

The authors call for further research on chiropractic and thyroid function.    


Contact Information: 

Matthew McCoy DC, MPH

Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research

McCoy Press