Hormones are chemical messengers which control and coordinate complex processes in our bodies, like growth, metabolism, functioning of the immune system and fertility, even before we’re born.
The anterior pituitary gland stimulates the hormones estrogen and progesterone, and is controlled by the hypothalamus, a portion of your brain which controls and regulates so many functions that it is often called the master control of body. It receives information from other sections of your brain and internal organs via the nerve system.
These systems are what control critical and delicate functions like emotions, desires, thirst and hunger, temperature, and even sleep patterns. Distant parts of our bodies also communicate using hormones and imbalances in this critical system can have serious impacts on your everyday life.
Hormones can be affected by a variety of factors, like:
- Insufficient nutrition and unhealthy eating
- Stress and tension
- Hormone impacting factors like over/underactive thyroid
- Obesity and lack of exercise
- Weight gain/loss
- Menopause or climacteric
Hormonal imbalances can effect just about anyone, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity. They are, however, more prevalent when the body undergoes major changes, like pre-menopause and menopause in women or andropause in men (male menopause). During these times, hormone levels can be erratic or drop, creating symptoms like:
- Hair loss
- Fatigue, loss of energy and lower muscle mass
- Weight gain (particularly around the mid-section)
- Slow recovery from injuries
- Depression and mood swings
- Lower sexual desire
- The feeling of “foggy headedness” and forgetfulness
Diagnosis & Tests
There are two basic methods of testing for hormonal imbalances – blood tests and saliva test. Blood testing is an extremely accurate way to test for blood sugar, infections, liver and kidney functions, to name a few. However, when it comes to diagnosing hormone levels, they both reveal different information about your body.
Understanding the blood hormone levels can make the difference between successful and unsuccessful treatments. A blood hormone test output will be a single number which is based on both active and inactive forms of the hormone. However, the level of only the active hormone is needed to fully understand what is going on inside your body.
Saliva testing is the most accurate way to get a reading on the active hormones. Another important factor revealed by saliva testing is the hormone levels in the tissues, and an experienced chiropractor can help to diagnose any imbalances and recommend treatment.
Conventional treatment uses Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) drugs, despite clearly documented risks of cancer, strokes, blood clots, dementia, and even brain shrinkage. At Pro Chiropractic Clinics, our doctors can help you with natural healing techniques that eliminate the need for strong drugs, or work hand-in-hand with traditional treatments.
Chiropractic Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) uses plant-based hormones (usually soybeans or wild yams), which match the structure of hormones your body produces. These natural and bio-identical forms of the hormones are easily accepted by your body and alleviate symptoms without the dangerous side-effects of synthetic chemicals.
Chiropractic treatment specifically deals with the nervous system and spinal disorders that either interrupt, or otherwise disrupt these signals. Simple everyday stresses like sitting for extended periods, a stressful day at the office, jerks to the spine, and even preservatives in foods can cause the spine to become misaligned, causing subluxation. When the spine is under stress, it creates irritations and decreases nerve functions, including those that send signals which control the levels of hormones.
Our therapists are trained to diagnose, reduce or eliminate these misalignments with safe, gentle chiropractic adjustments of the spinal vertebrae. Since the system of nerves and the spinal cord controls all of your body’s functions, you should get your spine checked regularly by a chiropractor. Apart from adjustments to correct the spine and improve muscle control, natural hormone replacements therapy is a safer alternative to costly and risky synthetic hormone replacement therapy.