A 39 year-old female was referred to Plasticity Brain Centers by her chiropractor and presented with a 10-year history of gradual onset of weight-gain, fatigue, "severe" pain, irritability, nausea, bowel irritability, and other symptoms that are often associated with thyroid dysfunction. No laboratory testing was performed to measure thyroid function.
Dr. Antonucci performed a physical examination and assessment of cognitive function. While there was no apparent cognitive dysfunction, her overall symptom burden was concerning. She was advised of the experimental nature of vestibular and sensory integration therapies for thyroid-associated symptoms, and the patient consented to be enrolled in a 5-day, short-duration, intensive program of neurological rehabilitation. This program consisted of three, 45-minute sessions, daily, for 4 days. Each session consisted of non-invasive neuromodulation, neuromuscular re-education techniques, vestibular rehabilitation strategies, off-vertical axis rotation, and orthopic (eye) exercises.
After the 4 days of treatment, this patient experienced a 86.7% reduction in overall symptom burden, as well as minor improvements in cognitive measurements.
Short-duration, intensive, multi-modal sensory integration programs may be an alternative treatment for refractory symptoms associated with hypothyroidism.
Antonucci Mm, Sass Bj, Sass Cm(2015). Improvement of Hypothyroid-Related Symptoms Quantified By A Graded Symptom Score After 1 Week of Multi-Modal Neuo-Rehabilitation. Front. Neurol. Conference Abstract: International Symposium On Clinical Neuroscience: Tbi And Neurodegeneration. Doi:10.3389/Conf.Fneur.2015.58.00091