Locked In Stress
I am So Stressed " could it impact on my THYROID"
Many clients come with this as one of many symptoms : 'oh yeah, and I have a thyroid issue
Firstly understand that it's common
Secondly, the thyroid is called a "reactive structure", meaning that it will participate and respond to virtually all other endocrine systems.
Its hormone acts at the cell and alters cellular function associated with metabolic rate. But, so does getting cold, having your period, sitting in an exam, having an argument, not a fun job, doing any exercise, or watching television.
Essentially if your body is under any physiological stress it needs to respond.
Yet accidents falls, surgeries, scars all put you under stress, if you stay under stress then the poor old thyroid is being influenced.
So the thyroid could be underactive (hypothyroidism), overactive (hyperthyroidism) or itself being beaten up by the immune system ( Hashimoto thyroiditis and Graves).
Of course, we could deal with it as an entity on its own. Medication, improve our diet, or surgery. Yet I consider where it sits and who surrounds it, and what stresses is the body still running.
Obviously, the thyroid sits in the throat, hyoid, larynx, and jaw above, cervical spine behind, collar bone below.
I check for cervical compression, jaw, hyoid alignment, forward head, rounded shoulders, or just one shoulder problem. Any of these issues produce structural stress.
We don't want neural or vascular compression where information to that thyroid is influenced. Yet as I have suggested, any stress structurally on the body will cause a heightened adrenal response which will act on the thyroid.
In saying all of this, is it just one thing, it just can't be, the thyroid is so reactive essentially a sneeze will create a minor butterfly effect to the thyroid.
So what do I do? Firstly, test the body structurally and globally for what structures are not doing their jobs fully.
Don't worry about those that are working properly Get the body to recognize that there is a huge problem. Secondly, deliberately upset the adrenals, upset the immune, upset the reproductive, and the structures that trigger wakefulness or sleeping.
Understand this, in doing the above the thyroid has to respond because we woke up the awareness centers found in the brain
If too much is wrong the body will instigate change, and change is good.
I have to get that body out of the survival response so it will instigate a reversal of failure.....
Now the body will create a hierarchy of change. One step a time, but get the body out of stress and stress and stress. Begin structurally but implement physiological, emotional change, and also improve thinking competence too.
But I get asked " how do you do this" Know your anatomy, know your physiology, but use therapies that act through these.
Applied physiology, kinesiology, neurokinetic therapy, neuro-organizational technique, anatomy in motion, stress indicator systems, brain integration, massage, myo-fascial realease, trigger point therapy, blah blah blah....
Give sensible total body movement exercises to maximize total body space, improve your diet, meditate, do your yoga.
It's never about one thing, you don't go to school just to do sport, or have just one friend or work on just one chakra or do just one stretch. To be better requires practice and practice but on all levels of what you are, like you did in sport, you had to be pretty good at many things.....but your body is brilliant at what it does, but it cannot do itself, that's why it needs you to be the teacher
Don't do one thing do more, think about changes think as much as you can!!