Nerves present at cervical vertebrae seven impact the thyroid gland, bursae in the shoulders and the elbows. Should trauma, degeneration, or trauma occur in this area, then colds, thyroid conditions and bursitis may occur.
Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursae, which are fluid filled sacs located in the shoulders, elbows, hips, heels, knee, and toe. This condition is painful and can usually be contributed to repetitive motion. Rest will help this condition, and chiropractic adjustment can begin to free the nerve extending from C7. Increased blood flow to the area and nerve decompression will do much to heal bursitis.
The thyroid gland is an endocrine gland and has two lobes. It is found in the neck and is therefore impacted by many of the different nerves in the cervical area of the spine. This gland controls how fast metabolism works in the body and the bodies’ sensitivity to hormones. It produces triiodothyronine(T3) and thyroxine(T4) which regulate growth rates and the regulation of other systems. The rate at which these hormones are delivered to the body is regulated by thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) which is in turn regulated by thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH).
The disorders of the thyroid are hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, thyroiditis, and thyroid nodules. All of these disorders impact the human body in different ways negatively. The careful adjustment of the nerve at C7 that innervates these areas is very important.