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Hormone Testing

ChiroSolutions uses hormone testing evaluations through saliva and urine tests, we look for hormone imbalances in your body that can cause you problems. If a hormone assessment is required you will be given a test kit and the saliva or urine will be sent to a lab, which will notify us of your results. If hormone imbalances exist you will be referred to your General Practitioner for advice. Chiropractors are not licensed to administer hormones.

These tests can inform us of:

Adrenal gland imbalances

  • The various stages of adrenal gland exhaustion (hypoadrenia) caused by prolonged stress, over exertion and poor nutritional habits.
  • Testing will evaluate DHEA, cortisol AM and PM, and six neuro transmitters.

Males and Female hormone imbalance including

  • DHEA, Estrogen (E2) and progesterone (Pg) levels and the ratio of E2 to Pg
  • Low Testosterone and DHEA levels in men
  • We also may recommend Human Growth Hormone treatment using Secretropin

Thyroid problems

  • Low iodine levels can affect thyroid function.
  • We determine the correct amount of Iodine along with herbal and glandular nutritional support.

We treat your whole body, and our chiropractic team will help correct associated organ problems that may be contributing to your overall health. Structural or mechanical issues in your body are often directly related to other systems in your body not functioning correctly. For example digestive issues and constipation can result in chronic low back pain. Not only that, chronic back pain is often the result of tired adrenal glands. Recurring headaches and neck pain are often caused by Temporal Mandibular Joint imbalance. We use special diagnostic methods to determine this and make the correction needed. We often recommend professional bite correction devices developed by orthodontists in Australia. These relatively inexpensive devices make a tremendous difference for patients whose neck head and jaw pain may be caused by grinding and clenching their teeth. We like to identify the underlying cause of chronic conditions.

Symptoms Checklist

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Q&A

What can I do to prevent estrogen dominance?

Estrogen dominance occurs when there is either too great an influence of estrogen, too little influence of progesterone, or both. There are many ways to prevent estrogen dominance including avoiding xenoestrogens (estrogen-like compounds) in your environment, managing stress, monitoring your weight and supporting your endocrine system. Often this involves supplementation of bioidentical progesterone however, proper evaluation of your hormone levels should always precede any supplementation program.

My symptoms suggest that I have a hormone imbalance, but how do I find out for sure?

Testing your hormones is the best way to identify any hormone imbalance. There are many symptom pictures that may look similar; therefore knowing what your hormone levels are will enable your practitioner to determine the correct treatment for you.

What is the link between polycystic ovaries and hormonal imbalance?

PCOS is a syndrome that includes many systems and manifests with multiple symptoms. Women with PCOS typically have an increased resistance to insulin that stimulates their bodies to produce excess amounts of testosterone and DHEA. Elevated testosterone may result in symptoms such as increased acne or facial / body hair. Additionally, the elevated testosterone levels often cause a suppression of ovulation, which manifests as irregular or absent menstrual cycles.

What is the link between uterine fibroids and hormonal imbalance?

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths in the uterine wall and their growth is stimulated by estrogen. Estrogen is a proliferative hormone that causes tissue to grow. Progesterone helps that tissue develop and mature properly. There are many situations that result in an increased influence of the estrogens relative to progesterone. This situation is often referred to as estrogen dominance and can manifest as uterine fibroids.

What is the link between hormonal imbalance and breast cancer?

Just as estrogen causes growth of breast tissue during puberty and thickening of the endometrial lining during the first half of the menstrual cycle, it can cause growth of breast tissue that, when uncontrolled, can lead to breast cancer. Hormonal imbalances such as estrogen dominance, where there is a greater influence of estrogen than progesterone, can propagate this growth. Since progesterone levels decline earlier and in greater quantity than estrogen levels as women approach menopause, the peri-menopausal and post-menopausal population is at particular risk for breast cancer.

What is the link between thyroid function and hormonal imbalance?

Because the endocrine system is all interconnected, a thorough evaluation of thyroid function should also include measuring cortisol levels and sex hormones in saliva. Estrogen dominance leads to increased thyroid binding globulin (a carrier protein for thyroid hormone) and therefore less bio-available thyroid hormone. Additionally, cortisol is a necessary hormone for proper thyroid function however, when cortisol levels are too high it can lead to thyroid dysfunction. For these reasons, measuring diurnal cortisol levels as well as estradiol and progesterone are important for a complete thyroid evaluation.

What is insulin resistance and how do you test for it?

Insulin resistance is a condition that occurs when the insulin receptor becomes resistant to its hormone insulin. In order for hormones to work properly, there must first be an adequate amount of the hormone and then, the receptor must also function properly. A good analogy for this is a key and a lock. In order to get into your house, you must have a key, but the lock must also be functioning. When insulin receptors are flooded with insulin as a result of a high sugar diet the receptors will begin to resist the hormone, like the lock changing. Insulin resistance is a pre-diabetic condition and a general laboratory workup should include a fasting glucose, fasting insulin and hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c). Additional testing may include a glucose and/or insulin tolerance test. These are all done in serum and can be ordered by your physician using standard laboratories. An early salivary indicator is when women have elevated testosterone or DHEA.

What is adrenal dysfunction and how is it tested?

Adrenal dysfunction is a condition where the adrenal glands lose their ability to respond to stress and is usually caused by an accumulation of chronic stress over time. Adrenal dysfunction is not a black and white issue of whether or not your adrenal glands produce any cortisol at all, but a function of whether they are producing enough and if they are functioning on a daily rhythm the way they should be. Cortisol should be highest first thing in the morning, approximately 30 minutes after waking, and should slowly decline throughout the day. The best way to assess adrenal function and evaluate adrenal fatigue is to look at cortisol levels at multiple times throughout the day. Not only does saliva’s ease of collection facilitate this, but the cortisol levels present in saliva are only the bioavailable fraction of the hormone. These two factors make salivary cortisol the gold standard for assessing adrenal function and diagnosing adrenal dysfunction.

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