Report on Improvement in neck and hypothyroidism with chiropractic care

4 May

Report on Improvement in neck and hypothyroidism with chiropractic care

Improvement in Cervical curve and Hypothyroidism following reduction of subluxation utilizing chiropractic biophysics: A case study and Selective review of the literature.
Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research December 2015 by Dr. David Bak and Dr. Ryan Engelhardt

hypothyroidism and chiropractic research article

This is one of the first studies I have seen regarding chiropractic care impacting a woman’s hypothyroidism.  I enjoyed reading it and am excited to share my favourite points with my patients in Mississauga.

The chiropractors who reported on this patient’s case did an excellent job reporting the patient’s presenting symptoms, reason for presenting to the Chiropractor, history, exam findings, and outcomes through care specific chiropractic care.

Some highlights from the research article on chiropractic impacting a patient’s hypothyroidism condition are:

“Thyroid deficiency is the number one endocrinological condition seen world-wide. It is a disease process characterized by arthralgia, cold intolerance, constipation, depression, difficulty concentrating, dry skin, fatigue, hair thinning, hair loss, memory impairment, menorrhagia, myalgia, weakness and weight gain.”

“Despite hegemonic support for current methodologies of care, there is a recognised consternation regarding the number of hypothyroid patients whose thyroid assays have been medically managed to a modicum of stability, yet report continued signs and symptoms of thyroid dysfunction.”

“many patients report malaise and dissatisfaction with their treatment protocol’s management of their symptoms, a limitation of hormone therapy’s inability to account for metabolic demands.”

“…while in the US the cause is more often chronic autoimmune thyroiditis or hashimoto’s thyroiditis.”

Case Report highlights:

-44 year old women
-presented to the chiropractor for shoulder and neck pain from a car accident 23 years prior
-the patient suffered from multiple concussions in her past
-the patient had been medically managed by an endocrinologist for 4 years with a diagnosis of Hashimoto or Autoimmune Thyroid Disease

Chiropractic examination highlights

“…deviations from this ideal increase risk factors for spinal health.”

“Digital thermography has been found to have a high degree of validity … in measuring capillary dilation, which is hypothesized to provide a metric for autonomic nervous system function.

“SEMG is a determination of paraspinal muscle activation, and it provides objective data regarding muscle hypertonia.”

Chiropractic impression

“Chiropractic subluxation was assessed in C5/6/7 segments”

“These metrics suggested a considerable dysfunction in the patient’s ANS.”


“The patient was adjusted at C5/6/7 levels”


“One month into care, the patient presented to the office in a manner not previously seen by the attending chiropractor. The patients teeth were chattering, and her hands were shaking in a way different then seen during episodic periods of her essential tremors. The patient described herself as feeling “flush and jittery””

“The chiropractor suggested that the patient schedule a consult with her endocrinologist. Upon doing so her lab tests revealed that her TSH levels had dropped into hyperthyroid parameters. The endocrinologist suggested reducing Armour Thyroid intake from 90mg once daily to 60mg. the patient was compliant with the recommendations of her endocrinologist and subsequently felt relief of symptoms.”

Subluxation Model

“In the case of the patient with the hypothyroidism, it is possible that the patient’s 80.7% loss of cervical lordosis played a significant role in her inability to properly regulate her own thyroid function.”

“Bringing the patient’s cervical lordosis closer to an ideal alignment would then alleviate stresses caused by alterations in conformation, which produce thyroid autoantibodies, and thus relieving thyroid tissue from autoimmune insult.”

I encourage you to read the entire research article and I hope that it grows your curiosity as to how a properly aligned spine can impact the body’s ability to adapt and heal!  To read more on the topic of thyroid health, check out this blog by our Mississauga Naturopathic Doctor.


Dr. Callum Peever, Chiropractic in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health

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