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Chiropractic Care for Thyroid Disorders

Published Date: 
September 21, 2023
Woman showing a painted thyroid gland on her neck.

Thyroid health is essential for your overall health. The thyroid is responsible for many bodily functions, and overall health can suffer if it’s not performing as it should. Chiropractic care is one of the most effective ways to treat a thyroid disorder and promote thyroid health.

Chiropractic care improves the health and function of the nervous system. This promotes better thyroid health. Chiropractic treatments correct spinal misalignment, which disrupts brain and nervous system function. These things are responsible for thyroid regulation. Seeing a chiropractor for thyroid health is safe, all-natural, and effective for maintaining good thyroid health.

Introduction to Thyroid Disorders and Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is excellent for promoting and sustaining overall health, including thyroid health. Chiropractic treatments can help someone achieve and maintain optimal thyroid function as part of a multidisciplinary approach.

Chiropractic care focuses on bringing the nervous system into balance, which affects every cell in the body. When there is interference or imbalance in the nervous system, it can affect the thyroid gland.

Many thyroid conditions are linked to the autoimmune system. The nervous system controls the autoimmune system. Bringing the nervous system into balance promotes a healthy autoimmune response.

While chiropractic care won’t be a quick fix or cure for thyroid dysfunction, it can be vital to a comprehensive treatment plan.

Understanding How the Thyroid Gland Functions

Your thyroid gland is located at the base of your neck. It’s a small, butterfly-shaped gland. The thyroid is part of your endocrine system, which is responsible for regulating many of the body’s internal functions.

The thyroid is small but mighty. It produces hormones that play a role in the function of:

  • Metabolism
  • Muscle control
  • Heart function
  • Digestive function
  • Mood
  • Brain development
  • Bone health

Common Thyroid Disorders and Their Symptoms

Healthcare provider wearing gloves and a mask assesses a woman's thyroid.

Some of the most common thyroid disorders include:


Common symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:

  • Anxiety
  • Brittle hair and nails
  • Restlessness
  • Nervousness
  • Racing heart
  • Irritability
  • Increased sweating
  • Shaking
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Thin skin
  • Muscle weakness
  • Weight loss

Grave’s Disease

Symptoms of Grave’s disease include:

  • Bulging eyes
  • Goiter (enlargement of the thyroid)
  • Anxiety
  • Altered menstrual cycle
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive sweating
  • Hand tremors
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability


Symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

  • Coma
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Dry skin
  • Increased cold sensitivity
  • Memory lapses
  • Constipation
  • Weight gain
  • Weakness
  • Slow heart rate

Hashimoto’s Disease

Common symptoms of Hashimoto’s Disease include:

  • Fatigue
  • Goiter (enlargement of the thyroid)
  • Intolerance to cold
  • Depression
  • Constipation
  • Mild weight gain
  • Dry skin
  • Dry, thinning hair
  • Pale, puffy face
  • Heavy, irregular menstruation

Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Thyroid Disorders

Chiropractic care offers many benefits for treating thyroid disorders. First and foremost, it’s safe and effective. There are very few side effects, and many patients find it a great addition to their treatment plan. It can be used in conjunction with other treatments, including medication. In some cases, people can eventually reduce or eliminate their need for medication as their thyroid and overall health improve.

Doctor feels an older woman's thyroid gland.

Chiropractic treatments also target the root cause of health problems. In the case of thyroid health issues, it promotes healing and health of the spine and the nervous system. The thyroid is located between the C5 and T1 vertebrae. The nerves affecting the thyroid gland travel into the spinal cord. When there is interference with communication in this pathway, it can lead to problems with the thyroid and other parts of the body. Correcting misalignment allows for healthy communication and function, promoting overall optimal health.

Chiropractic Techniques for Thyroid Disorders

Chiropractors can use several treatment techniques to help with thyroid health.

The most common is spinal adjustment. This gentle aligning of the spine brings an out-of-balance nervous system into balance.

Chiropractors also provide nutrition counseling to patients. Alone, nutrition changes and supplements might not be enough to resolve thyroid problems, but used in conjunction with other treatments, healthy eating supports healthy thyroid function.

Chiropractic adjustments and treatments also help patients cope with health problems indirectly. For example, a chiropractor might recommend massage therapy, which can ease the stress and anxiety associated with managing health disorders.

Chiropractor adjusts a young woman's neck.

promotes the flow of communication throughout the body. It’s common for chiropractors and acupuncturists to work together to promote and support thyroid health.

The Importance of a Multidisciplinary Approach to Thyroid Care

Many people find that a multidisciplinary approach to treating a thyroid disorder and supporting thyroid health is the most effective option. In most cases, several healthcare professionals collaborate to help patients manage their disease. A multidisciplinary team for treating thyroid disorders might include:

Dr. Eric Neumann D.C.

Dr. Eric Neumann grew up in Alberta, Canada where he majored in Chemistry at the University of Calgary. During his time at University, he obtained licensure as a Massage Therapist. It was clear that hands-on healing would be his calling. After suffering multiple sport-related injuries he became interested in Chiropractic. Dr. Neumann graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in 2009. He has since specialized in the treatment and management of acute spinal injuries.

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