Reflexology and the Thyroid
The thyroid gland is located at the front of the neck and secretes hormones that govern many functions of the body, such as metabolism, body temperature and hormones. Thyroid disorders typically occur when this gland releases too many or too few hormones, leading to either an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) or an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism).
Hyperthyroidism can be caused by illnesses such as Graves’s disease or a viral infection of the thyroid gland. It can lead to irritability and anxiety, menstrual irregularities and infertility, irritated eyes or difficulty seeing, muscle weakness, intolerance to heat and increased sweating, diarrhea or frequent bowel movements and fatigue.
Hypothyroidism is often caused by Hashimoto's disease, an autoimmune disease where the body's immune system attacks the thyroid gland, causing symptoms of weight gain, fatigue and sluggishness, menstrual irregularities, depression, dry skin and hair, and constipation.
Thyroid disorders can also occur because of thyroid nodules, which are growths on the gland.
With Reflexology the whole body is treated, but specifically circulation is improved which assists a sluggish metabolic system. Reflexology also encourages the release of “feel good” endorphins which reduces depression. The client will also feel relaxed and less anxious. A Reflexologist will concentrate on working the reflex’s of the thyroid and spleen / pancreas meridian which traverses through the thyroid gland as well as the colon reflex in the case of constipation or diarrhea and ovaries or testes for infertility.