Thyroid Conditions - Hyperthyroidism vs Hypothyroidism

Who would have guessed that the thyroid gland would have a large impact on our bodies’ health. This small gland plays a large role on regulating our metabolism, along with breaking down nutrients for energy. All of this is made possible by the thyroid producing hormones that travel throughout the body; more specifically, the hormone thyroxine(T4) and triiodothyronine(T3).

Since each person is unique from another, the same can apply to the thyroid gland. Even though food gives the body energy, the body may break down those nutrients at different rates. This results in certain people having a “slower” metabolism, while others may have a “faster” working metabolism. In other words, some people have an hyperactive or a hypo-active – underactive – thyroid (hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, respectively).

At Diamond Chiropractic, our team is exceptional when it comes to understanding the thyroid, and how it can affect the body’s metabolism. Whether it is an ongoing condition, and it is starting to worsen (known as a “chronic” condition), or it appeared very suddenly (an “accute” condition), our Chiropractor in Omaha has the answer and treatment for you.

Hyperthyroidism vs. Hypothyroidism

Before we jump into what patients could look for, and what could be possible causes, let us first describe the differences between hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.

Hyperthyroidism is when the thyroid gland produces too much hormones. Also known as an overactive thyroid, this can result in your body’s metabolism accelerating, which can cause a rapid heartbeat and unexplainable weight loss. Because of this, it can be difficult to determine if a patient is experiencing hyperthyroidism.

Hypothyroidism, however, is when the thyroid does not produce enough hormones; also called an underactive thyroid. This can lead to multiple health problems, including joint pain, weight gain and/or obesity, and heart disease. Because of this, it can be difficult to determine if a patient has hypothyroidism, due to the lack of hormone production.

Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism/ Hypothyroidism

While hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism can mimic other health issues, the two conditions have certain symptoms that differ from each other.  Several of the more apparent, opposing symptoms of the two conditions are provided below.


  • Unintentional weight loss

  • Increased heart rate

  • Increased sensitivity to heat

  • Frequent bowel movements

  • Tremor in hands/fingers


  • Weight gain

  • Slowed heart rate

  • Increased sensitivity to cold

  • Constipation

  • Stiffness or swelling in joints

A person’s personality, behavior, and overall skin and hair condition can be affected as well. A hyperactive thyroid can result nervousness and anxiety, irritability, and difficulty with sleeping. In contrast, feeling depressed and having an impaired memory means a patient has an underactive thyroid.  As for skin and hair, hyperthyroidism can cause skin to thin and hair to become finer, while hypothyroidism leads to dry skin and hair thinning.

Surprisingly, both conditions can cause muscle weakness, as well as an enlarged thyroid gland (goiter) at the base of the neck. In addition, women suffering from either condition will experience changes in their menstrual patterns.

What Causes These Conditions?

Like many other conditions, there is no one definitive cause behind both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. These conditions occur when something causes the thyroid gland to function improperly, to produce too much or too little hormones.

As mentioned earlier, the hormones T3 and T4 are crucial for regulating the body’s metabolism. This includes regulating your body temperature, controlling your heart rate, producing protein in the body, and regulating energy absorption from fats and carbohydrates. In addition, the thyroid produces calcitonin, a hormone that helps monitor the amount of calcium in the bloodstream.

Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid overproduces the hormone T4. Possible causes for this include: Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disorder resulting in antibodies stimulating the thyroid to produce more hormones; thyroiditis, an inflammation in the gland; or hyperfunctioning thyroid nodules.

Hypothyroidism, however, occurs when the thyroid produces little to no hormones, due to a multitude of reasons. Like the previous condition, one common cause is an autoimmune disorder, especially when antibodies attack the body’s own tissues and organs such as the thyroid. Other common causes include radiation therapy, thyroid surgery, certain medications, genetics, environmental triggers, and even as a response to hyperthyroidism treatment. In some cases, hypothyroidism could be the result of either: a congenital disease, especially in infants; a pituitary gland disorder; iodine deficiency; or even pregnancy.


How Thyroid Conditions Affect Your Skin

Your skin is the largest, and an important, organ of your body. Not only does the skin protect internal organs and muscles from harmful substances, but it also provides helpful hints to doctors and chiropractors in understanding what is going on. Skin manifestations, relating to endocrine conditions, assist in explaining a person’s health and daily routine (Lause et al., 2017, p. 300). Regarding thyroid conditions, these manifestations hint at how the thyroid is behaving, and how patients can go about with the healing process.

Hyperthyroidism is often associated with other conditions, such as Graves’ disease and Plummer’s disease. Regardless, patients with hyperthyroidism experience flushing in the face and redness in their palms. Skin redness, especially in these cases, can be more evident due to the epidermis thinning. Aside from the skin, a patient’s hair will thin, becoming fine and soft to the touch. Soft and shiny nails are another common manifestation.

Hypothyroidism, however, results from iodine deficiency and chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis; in addition, it may be “congenital or acquired” (Lause et al., 2017, p. 303). A patient may be born with a low iodine deficiency, resulting in an underactive thyroid, or they may develop the condition with time. Despite this difference, patients with hypothyroidism have mottled dry skin, appearing scaly, rough and thin, and it may feel cold to the touch. Yellowing of the skin is also common due to excessive carotene in the body. Along with these changes, the patient’s hair and nails become brittle and rough, with the nails appearing striated.

Depending on the condition of the thyroid, other autoimmune conditions can occur. Aside from Graves’ disease and Plummer’s disease, patients with hyperthyroidism may suffer from Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, thyroid dermopathy, or dermographism. Patients with hypothyroidism, however, may experience vitiligo, myxedema, or hives.

According to Zone Technique…

If a patient is suffering from a thyroid condition such as hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, this can indicate improper functioning of the certain systems in the body. According to the Zone Technique, both conditions can be the result of imbalances in certain zones; in particular, Zones 1, 4 and 6.

Zone 1 is the body’s glandular system, comprised of over 200 glands that release essential hormones and chemicals in the body. In a way, this zone is the body’s own, highly-advanced pharmacy. Because of this, when the body experiences stress, physically and/or mentally, subluxations in the spine can occur. These will disrupt normal nerve energy, or nerve communication, from traveling between the brain and the glands, affecting the overall production of hormones throughout the body. This includes disrupting communication to the thyroid, resulting in an overactive or underactive gland.

Zone 4 is the digestive system, the body’s internal engine. This system works to convert food and drinks into usable energy for the body to function throughout the day. Like a car, the body functions better when the it is fueled by cleaner energy, by essential “building blocks”. This in mind, when there is an imbalance, your body will not break down those nutrients properly. Because of this, diet plays a role in having a healthy lifestyle, and providing usable energy for the body. Imbalances in the digestion cycle influences the thyroid gland, either shutting it down or causing it to overproduce the hormones T3 and T4.

Zone 6 is the circulatory system, which carries nutrients and hormones throughout the body. Additionally, the circulatory system carries away wastes, dumping it into the proper organs and glands for filtration and elimination. This system is crucial in delivering essential energy and hormones throughout the human body, allowing the body to function properly. Like the others mentioned above, when there is an imbalance in this zone, brain and nerve communication is hindered, and this affects proper blood circulation. When this happens, the body can weaken due to lack of proper energy absorption and waste filtration. This can affect the other body systems as well.

Stress on the body, on the spine, can be physical, mental, or even chemical. Regardless of the type, stress can cause spinal misalignment, cutting off proper nerve communication to the body and leading to further complications. As a result, conditions such as hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism can develop.

Hyperthyroid/Hypothyroid Treatment at Diamond Chiropractic

At Diamond Chiropractic in Omaha, our chiropractor will perform an examination, take x-rays, and evaluate your posture to determine the cause of your case. After comparing the findings and confirming the diagnosis, our chiropractor will develop a treatment plan to help alleviate your symptoms, heal the pain, and provide you with recommendations to lower your risk for possible reoccurrences.

Spinal Adjustments

Dr. Nilles will realign the vertebrae in the affected area to increase your range of motion and alleviate the pain on the spinal nerves. He will focus on the imbalanced zone(s) connected to your case and begin treatment from there. Symptoms resulting from hyperthyroidism/ hypothyroidism may begin to decrease as well.

Intersegmental Traction

Intersegmental traction involves the use of a special chiropractic table. This specific table includes rollers that will roll along the sides of the spinal column, allowing blood to flow through the tight muscles and ligaments. As this occurs, the muscles and ligaments loosen up and relax more; in addition, your spine will become more mobile.


Electro-therapy, or acupuncture, is effective with hyperthyroidism/ hypothyroidism. This is achieved through targeting certain acupuncture points during treatment, as well as an electro-muscle stimulator during therapy. Patients will notice, after several treatments, pain and certain symptoms beginning to decrease in frequency. In addition, they will start to see more mobility come back to their spine and other affected areas of the body.

Lifestyle Advice

With any injury, whether to the back, neck, or extremity, the last thing you want to do is make the pain worse. The same idea applies to handling cases of hyperthyroidism and/or hypothyroidism. Our advice is designed to help you perform everyday tasks and responsibilities safely. This does include suggestions to improving your diet, drinking plenty of water and fluids, exercising, and getting plenty of rest. At Diamond Chiropractic, we focus on healing and relief from hperthyroidism/ hypothyroidism, not aggravating the pain further.

Contact Our Omaha Chiropractor for Thyroid Conditions

To get started with chiropractic care for your hyperthyroidism/ hypothyroidism, choose our Omaha, NE chiropractor today. Diamond Chiropractic is currently accepting new patients of all ages. Call our office today. When it comes to hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, get relief NOW & FAST.


Lause, M., Kamboj, A., & Faith, E. (2017). Dermatologic manifestations of endocrine disorders. Translational Pediatrics,  6 (4),  300-312. Retrieved 9, September 2020 from




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