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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…

Psoas Muscle Tension

The psoas muscles make up a major part of the iliopsoas muscle group. This essential group of muscles function along with the other muscles of the hip to flex and extend the hip joints and thighs. The psoas muscles also work together with the muscles of the spine to support the low back. If the psoas is not healthy or strong enough, you will begin to notice other complications across your body.

For runners and many other athletes, the psoas muscles are repetitively being overworked with constant activity and movements that eventually can lead to tension and stress of the muscles. As a result, the psoas muscles can become stiff and limit the mobility in the hip sockets, adding strain on the lumbar spine and knees. Tension in the psoas muscles can often times be asymmetrical, where only one side of the psoas muscles is tightened, resulting in a tilt of the pelvis that relatively shortens one leg over the other, misaligning the spine and pelvis, causing compensation up the spine and neck. Releasing and loosening the psoas muscles is crucial for anyone to avoid complications on their bodies.

Strengthening the psoas muscles with exercise alone may not always result in healthy psoas muscles. Chiropractic and physical therapy massages in conjuction with constant stretches and exercises help regain normal health to your psoas muscles. Correcting your posture is also important during this process as a slouched or forward head posture increases the stress on the resting length of the psoas. Gently releasing tight, tense psoas muscles can go a long way to restoring the natural functions and balance of your body. 

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