While some of us would like to have a cause of weight problems other than overconsumption and under-exertion, the thyroid is a source for many metabolic problems for many frustrated people. The thyroid gland is located on the front part of the neck below the thyroid cartilage and produces thyroid hormones, which regulate body metabolism, as well as regulate body energy, the body’s use of other hormones and vitamins, and the growth and maturation of body tissues. Hypothyroidism is a disease in which the thyroid produces too little thyroid hormone. Signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism are often subtle but steadily progressive. The result of not being able to convert fuel into energy means that a person gains weight, feels fatigued and depressed, and has a sluggish digestive system with chronic constipation. It can be a struggle to treat the symptoms of any thyroid condition, since thyroid conditions aren’t well-understood or easy to treat. There are many medical treatments to control thyroid symptoms, but it may be an uphill battle that you will be fighting long after your symptoms have been controlled with medication. Some people think of problems of the thyroid as a general problem of toxicity. Alternate treatments like massage could be an appropriate choice for someone suffering with hypothyroidism, partially because massage can improve the quality of life of people who feel chronically drained. For many patients who are struggling to gain control over their weight, massage therapy can be extremely helpful. Massage therapy can help in the removal of toxins accumulated in a person dealing with a hypothyroid. A skilled massage therapist can do much more than eliminate stress and work out knots; they can help boost the body’s natural healing abilities. Michael Greenspan of Massage Revolution in Manhattan Beach, CA shares his experience helping a patient heal from thyroid complications. “One specific instance stands out when I helped a client lose 30 pounds. Her thyroid shut down after a whiplash from a car accident. All her neck muscles were so tight they caused her to become hypothyroid. Over a number of sessions, I released all her neck muscles that shut down her thyroid, which then allowed her thyroid to return to balance.” While it’s vitally important that you adhere closely to the regimen of prescription medication your doctor has established for you, you may find that looking for other options to supplement your ongoing medical treatment can help you regain a sense of wellness. Make sure you tell your therapist about your thyroid condition before your first session so they can plan a treatment sequence based on your unique profile.