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Report on Improvement in neck and hypothyroidism with chiropractic care

Posted By On 27 Jan 2020
hypothyroidism and chiropractic research article

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.

I have since read another study regarding Chiropractic care and improvement in a patient’s thyroid function.  The summary and link from this 2018 research study is at the end of this blog.  Enjoy and stay curious!

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

Improved Thyroid Function Following Chiropractic Care to Reduce Vertebral Subluxation: A Case Study & Review of the Literature

This 2018 research study highlights the increase in a patient’s thyroid function while under Chiropractic care.  The patient was able to reduce their dose of Synthroid used while under regular Chiropractic care.  Functional and structural improvements to the patient’s neck, back, and shoulder were improved through the study, which was the original intent of the patient.

His diagnosis of hypothyroidism, which was managed with Synthroid, was diagnosed 3 years previously.  Interestingly, as his body improved and began to function better again through the Chiropractic care, so did his thyroid levels!  He know is adjusted every week, which “He has reported the adjustment giving similar results as the Synthroid.”

This is encouraging to people who are having difficulty with their thyroid levels and health.  It gives them an action step to improve their health instead of completely relying on a medication.  Regular good habits, such as spinal health through Chiropractic, can greatly impact a body!

Read the article above and be curious

Here is another case study (2019) and review of the literature regarding another case of hypothyroidism that resolved while under Chiropractic care for a chief complaint of “discomfort and/or paresthesia in the cervical spine, upper thoracic spine, bilateral knee pain and bilateral hip pain with extensive sitting.”

Resolution of Hypothyroidism & Improved Cervical Curve in a 52-Year-Old Female Undergoing Chiropractic Care for Vertebral Subluxation: A Case Study & Review of the Literature

The Chiropractic technique utilized in this patient’s care was diversified technique.  It is a manual adjusting technique that we discuss on what techniques do our Mississauga Chiropractors utilize.

The patient had been previously diagnosed to have hypothyroidism by her medical doctor and had been taking medication.  “After 9 months of regular, subluxation specific, chiropractic care, the patient reported that blood work indicated she no longer had hypothyroidism and her medical doctor had removed her from all medications. Six months following this, the patient’s blood work indicated she was maintaining normal levels of TSH, without medication. The patient is still under regular chiropractic care.”

The proposed mechanism for this patient’s improvement is summarized as, “Theoretically, normalizing the structure of the spine through chiropractic adjustments could regulate and balance the function of the entire autonomic nervous system. Appropriate functioning of the parasympathetic nervous system and sympathetic nervous system could then provide the necessary innervation to restore normal function to the thyroid gland.”

Here is another case study (2020) which reported improvement in a 61-year old lady’s resolution of hypothyroidism and dysautonomia following Chiropractic care:

Resolution of Hypothyroidism & Dysautonomia Following Chiropractic Care to Reduce Vertebral Subluxation: A Case Study & Review of Literature

“The patient originally presented to the Chiropractor’s office with complaints of thyroid problems, weight gain, decreased energy, migraines, dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus, and Meniere’s disease.”  “The primary complaint that led the patient into the chiropractor’s office was the weight gain and increased fatigue that she attributed to her thyroid problems.”

“The patient received twenty-one adjustments over a two month period using Torque Release Technique.” – The Torque Release Technique is a Chiropractic technique that utilizes a hand held instrument called an Integrator.

“After two months of care had passed, the patient returned to her medical doctor for an annual checkup and was referred out to the laboratory  for further blood work.  Upon receiving the results from her blood work, the medical doctor shared that the patient’s TSH, T4, T3, and FT3 levels were all within the normal reference range.”


This information and linked articles should be taken for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon for health care advice. Enjoy these testimonials. However, a result for one patient may not be typical of all patients. Our aim is to help you have an excellent experience at our Mississauga office and to help you reach your health goals.

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