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Environmental Factors Behind Thyroid Disease | Wellness Clinic

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ located in the base of the neck. It's in charge of releasing essential thyroid hormones which control the body's metabolism, the way the body uses energy. The thyroid gland's hormones regulate vital body functions, such as breathing, heart rate, central and peripheral nervous systems, body temperature and more.

What causes autoimmune thyroid disease?
As essential as the thyroid gland is, however, the body's own immune system can sometimes malfunction and attack this important endocrine organ, ultimately affecting its function. Autoimmune thyroid diseases, like Hashimoto's thyroid disease and Graves' disease, have been on the rise in the United States. While the diagnosis of thyroid disease has increased, many doctors still don't know the cause of the issue, but these have been linked to several factors.

Environmental Factors for AITD
A number of environmental factors have been associated with the development an…

Finding Relief for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Low back pain could be due to a variety of reasons, identified by the common symptoms of sciatica, but an additional pain, numbness, or tingling in both of your legs could signal another condition commonly associated with low back pain known as lumbar spinal stenosis.

Lumbar spinal stenosis is a progressive spinal condition characterized by a natural wear and tear degeneration of the spine, causing the spinal canal to narrow. Through time, a narrow spinal canal begins to compress the spinal nerve roots leading to low back pain along with sharp pain that trails down your legs, a tingling sensation on the lower extremities, and/or local numbness.

Once diagnosed with spinal stenosis, seeking medical help from a physical therapist will improve your symptoms, benefiting your condition. A degeneration of the spine as we age is unavoidable, but preventing low back pain and spinal stenosis from ever developing in your body can be achieved by receiving treatment from a physical therapist and following a proper exercise routine. By loosening the tension on your lumbar spine with a daily series of low impact exercises or stretches, one can find relief for their spinal stenosis because by strengthening the lower back and hip, the compression of the spinal nerves is released, improving your range of mobility and posture.

Within time, you should notice a positive change in your spinal stenosis symptoms where your normal lifestyle activities, such as walking or sitting, will be restored. Once you begin to find relief from seeing your physical therapist, you can continue exercising on a fixed routine to maintain your spinal stenosis at bay.

By Dr. Alex Jimenez

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