Using Massage Therapy to Treat Enlarged or Inflamed Thyroid Glands

by Jordan Nunziato

What Are The Thyroid Glands, And What Bearing Do They Have On Our Overall Health?

83The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ located in the base of your neck. It releases hormones that control metabolism—the way your body uses energy.

The thyroid’s hormones regulate vital body functions, including:

  • Breathing
  • Heart rate
  • Central and peripheral nervous systems
  • Body weight
  • Muscle strength
  • Menstrual cycles
  • Body temperature
  • Cholesterol levels, and much more.

What Happens When Your Thyroids Become Enlarged or Inflamed?

When the thyroid gland becomes unable to produce adequate levels of hormones known as T3 and T4, the result is a condition called hypothyroidism.

In an article written by Jimmy Gialelis L.M.T., B.C.T.M.B. entitled Massage Therapy & Thyroid Health published in Massage Magazine, Gialelis writes, “Goiters, or enlarged thyroids, may be witnessed in hypothyroid patients. These result from an overproduction of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) from the pituitary gland.”

How Can Massage Aid Those Who Suffer From Hypothyroidism?

Gailelis posits that massage therapy and related bodywork can benefit the hypothyroid patient in many profound ways. “First, a significant reduction in the patient’s symptoms can be witnessed with the usage of acupressure,” he writes. “A second benefit of massage therapy for the hypothyroid patient is aiding improved blood and lymphatic circulation.”

He suggests that reduced inflammation is a third benefit derived from massage therapy and related bodywork, and a fourth benefit is reduced stress within the body. “This benefit can decrease cortisol and other stress hormones to help manage weight healthily,” he writes.

Finally, Gailelis writes, increasing muscle strength will combat the fatigue and weakness often felt by the hypothyroid patient.

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