We chat with Kinesiology student Melanie Stallman about how she managed to conquer hypothyroidism once and for all.
Millions of people around the world are affected by thyroid disorders and around one in seven Australians will develop a problem with their thyroid sometime in their lifetime. This is a problem that tends to impact females more often. In fact, ten times more women than men are diagnosed.
The thyroid gland is a soft, butterfly-shaped or bow-shaped gland at the front of the neck below the voice box and on either side of the windpipe. Its role in the body is important and involves secretion of hormones that regulate metabolism. When something goes wrong, it can wreak havoc: nodules, autoimmune disease, hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism among numerous other conditions. These problems vary in degrees of severity, with some proving to be a minor inconvenience while others can be serious and even fatal. There are many conventional treatments available but it often means ongoing management rather than a cure.
Complementary therapies have been shown to have success in this area. We chat with Kinesiology student Melanie Stallman about how she managed to conquer hypothyroidism.
When did you begin to have thyroid problems?
I was diagnosed at the age of 21 with hypothyroidism but likely had it from age 13 – currently I am 40. I have been on and off medication over the years because I suffered serious side effects of the medication. The symptoms of hypothyroidism were easier to live with than the medication until I was put on a new medication called Eltroxin in 2016, which didn’t cause me any negative side effects.
What is this?
Hypothyroidism means your thyroid is underactive and doesn’t produce enough of the thyroid hormone. Hyperthyroidism, on the other hand, is when it is overactive and produces too much.
What made you seek out Kinesiology treatment?
When it comes to my health and wellbeing I like to take an approach of getting to the root of the problem and sorting out what could possibly be causing it, over ‘bandaid’ type solution. I just had to see if Kinesiology could give me some information related to my thyroid issue that I might be unaware of, and if it could make an impact at all.
What impact has Kinesiology had?
I am currently off all thyroid medication on the advice of my doctor because after three Kinesiology balances my levels changed abruptly, and I began to have symptoms of hyperthyroidism. To be honest, I didn’t think it would have any impact on my thyroid levels at all, and I was shocked to see my test results.
So Kinesiology had reversed your condition to the point where it was now hyperthyroidism? How did you know?
I had my thyroid levels tested before my first balance and again about two months after the third – and last – balance. I hadn’t noticed any changes in my body at that stage, although I was starting to suffer with sleep difficulties that would have been related, but I hadn’t put it together in my mind until after receiving the test results.
My doctor told me that I needed to reduce my medication immediately but also slowly and gradually. Throughout the process of reducing the medication, the hyper symptoms increased and we reduced the medication a lot faster than originally planned. I was experiencing definite insomnia, digestive issues, trembling hands, a racing and thumping heartbeat, shortness of breath, it was difficult to be still, and I felt hot all the time.
Now I am off the medication, I feel better than I have in a very long time. All hypo and hyper symptoms have reduced significantly, and most have disappeared.
Are you still receiving conventional medical treatment?
No. I will be having regular blood tests to check on my levels, and if I feel symptomatic in the future I will be getting more Kinesiology with the support of my GP.
Would you recommend Kinesiology to someone with a similar ailment?
Definitely. A few sessions and I’m medication free!
Thyroid problems like hypothyroidism don’t have to be a long-term problem plaguing your life. Find a Kinesiology practitioner near you by visiting our Clinics page.