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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…

Symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is a condition where the brachial plexus nerve bundles and the blood vessels, located in the passage between the anterior and middle scalene down to the brachial plexus pass, are compressed in this area by inflammation on the neck and shoulder muscles, causing an impingement of the nerves.

Many times it is difficult to properly diagnose thoracic outlet syndrome due to the fact that the symptoms relating to the condition are closely related to other conditions. The unfortunate  impingement of the nerves in a person experiencing thoracic outlet syndrome can cause numerous symptoms from numbness and tingling sensations on the hands and feet, to weakness and pain when moving the neck, shoulders, and/or upper extremities. Discoloration in the area as a result of diminished circulation is also possible.
Thoracic outlet syndrome and its symptoms can be caused as a result of an athletic injury or an automobile accident injury. Swelling, inflammation, and tightness on the neck and shoulder muscles from overworking the area causes pressure and stress against the brachial plexus nerve bundles. Experiencing a whiplash injury from an automobile accident closely associated to the impingement of the nerve bundles and can also lead to thoracic outlet syndrome.
 
Chiropractic care and physical therapy focuses on restoring the body’s natural alignment and its functions and a chiropractic adjustment can reduce tight muscles and relieve the compressed brachial plexus nerve bundles associated with thoracic outlet syndrome. 

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