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Thyroflex Testing

What is Thyroflex ?

The Thyroflex is an instrument used to test if your thyroid function is under or overactive or within optimal range by measuring the speed of your brachiradialis reflex in your forearm.

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The Thyroflex provides information about what’s happening inside your cells, rather than what’s happening outside your cells (in your blood). With the Thyroflex you get to find out how the body is utilising its thyroid hormone.

Thyroflex testing may be advisable if your blood test results have come back “borderline” and you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Tired and sluggish
  • Muscle cramps or weak muscles
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Low libido or impotence
  • Poor memory
  • Over-weight
  • Puffy hands and feet
  • Sensitive to cold
  • Depressed or mood fluctuations
  • Unexplained weight gain or difficulty losing weight
  • Hormone Imbalance
  • Forgetful
  • Constipated
  • Dry Hair and Skin
  • Slow or confused thinking

Do you need treatment for thyroid disease?

What happens when having the test?

Whilst sitting, a small strap is placed around your hand. The exact reflex point on your arm is located and marked with an X. A metallic hammer that is connected to a computer is used to strike the reflex point. The computer measures the time between the strike of the hammer and the upward fleck of the wrist. The Thyroflex test takes approximately 5 minutes to administer and results are provided immediately. A Thyroflex assessment is actually a deeper determination of thyroid function as it is the only test available that determines how well your thyroid hormones are functioning at the cellular level.

The results are simple to interpret, and a Thyroflex trained healthcare practitioner can either recommend the appropriate supplements or can refer patients to a specialist hormone Doctor for further hormone replacement therapy.

What are the benefits?

The thyroid is the gland that sits in the throat and is largely responsible for conducting the “orchestra” that is the hormone system. If the thyroid is not functioning optimally, the hormones won’t either. If the hormones aren’t balanced, more stress is placed on the thyroid which can create further hormone imbalance.

  • The Thyroflex gives you quick indicative results of your patient’s thyroid function enabling you to either recommend further treatments or exploration
  • The Thyroflex is quick and simple to use and only requires a few hours of practice and training
  • As 80% of your patients are likely to have thyroid function issues you can proactively serve your patients in a more responsive way
  • Thyroflex increases your clinic revenue

If you are feeling unwell and your symptoms are undiagnosed, you may need treatment for thyroid disease

How does it work?

Years before blood tests were developed to evaluate the function of your thyroid, doctors used the reflex response to determine the thyroid status of a patient. The Thyroflex Test uses a ‘hammer’ (which is connected to a computer) on a reflex point on your arm. When the hammer strikes your arm a message is sent up the spine, to the brain, and back down again, initiating a reflex response. The Thyroflex measures how long this takes to happen. This speed directly correlates with thyroid activity.Ideally, it should take 50 to 100 milliseconds for the wrist reflex to occur. If the response time is greater than 150 milliseconds, it is a sign of low thyroid functioning, or hypothyroidism. If the reflex response is very fast,less than 50 milliseconds, it is an indication that your thyroid is overactive, or hyperthyroid. This information is then integrated with your Resting Metabolic Rate (which it also measures) and collaborated with any symptoms you may have to determine how well your thyroid is functioning. Traditional blood tests measure what we are producing, whereas the Thyroflex advises us on how we are performing.

 

Who would benefit from this test?

Research has documented that 80% of the population has some level of thyroid dysfunction; therefore, thyroid function screening test is very important for everyone. It is also useful for anyone who has been diagnosed with thyroid dysfunction, as the Thyroflex helps to ensure you are on the appropriate thyroid hormone replacement dosage.

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