Spinal Symmetry is a solution to back pain and many other musculoskeletal conditions. The body is a very complex structure and sometimes there can be other complicating factors that will affect how your body will heal.
Today we look at thyroid hormones and how it can affect your skeletal system. A number of thyroid issues have affected patients who have presented to us recently, which is why we thought we would discuss this to bring awareness.
The thyroid is a gland in the neck, near the base of the throat. The thyroid gland makes hormones that help control many of the body’s metabolic processes, such as heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, weight and importantly in what we are concerned with is the speed of cell growth.
The thyroid can become over active (Hyperthyroidism) or underactive (Hypothyroidism). Thyroid issues usually affect women more than men. With reported occurrence rates being roughly 4~6:1.
Hyperthyroidism is when your thyroid makes too much thyroid hormone. The most common symptoms are nervousness, heat intolerance, heart palpitations, tiredness, increasers bowel movements, increased sweating, concentration problems and weight loss. The most common causes are Graves’ disease, a goiter or nodules on the thyroid that causes over expression of the thyroid hormone or excessive iodine consumption.
While Hypothyroidism is when your thyroid doesn’t make enough thyroid hormone. Hypothyroidism can go on for years without showing any signs. When symptoms do appear, they can be quite varied and can include fatigue, increased sensitivity to cold, constipation, dry skin, weight gain, thinning hair, poor memory, depression, poor concentration, fluid retention, muscle and joint aches, and excessive menstrual bleeding in women.
Hypothyroidism can actually be caused by issues with the thyroid gland, pituitary gland or hypothalamus. Some causes of hypothyroidism include: Hashimoto’s diseases, acute thyroiditis and postpartum thyroiditis.
A diagnosis of an issue with your thyroid needs to be made from your General Practitioner or Endocrinologist through a blood test and other diagnostic imaging. The practitioners at Spinal Symmetry don’t specialize in this, we specialize in how your structure and nervous system are functioning.
The reason we are even talking about this topic is because of what the Thyroid hormone does to your musculoskeletal system and nervous system.
All cells in our bodies use the Thyroid hormones to grow. So, if we have a tissue i.e. a muscle or ligament that is injured it will signal to the thyroid to make some hormone to help heal the cell. If your Thyroid is not working correctly this can be speed up or even slowed down.
When you present to Spinal Symmetry with an injury, we have rough idea of how long it should take to heal, if your body is not sticking to this time frame it could be an indicator that your body’s ability to heal has been affected and it may be due to a thyroid issue. The practitioner will then have to think about your whole body and see whether you are ticking any of boxes that could show your thyroid is not functioning as it should and then send you off to your GP for testing to see if it is an issue.
If you have been diagnosed with a thyroid issue in the past, then your practitioner will put this information in there thinking for the rate of your body to heal and we may then think you will take longer or possible shorter to heal then the general public.
Everybody that comes into clinic are different and issues like thyroid function can affect how two people heal.
So next time you’re in and you feel you have some of the above symptoms of thyroid issues discuss it with your practitioner because it could be a piece of the puzzle that has been missing in your case.