INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES WELLNESS CENTER
Your Reflex Response Can Be Measure To Check Thyroid Function Years before thyroid blood tests became the standard method to assess thyroid health a healthcare practitioner would test the reflexes of an individual. A delayed, or hyper-responsive reflex indicated a possible thyroid problem.
Nowadays there’s a specialized diagnostic tool that takes the guess work out of testing an individual’s reflex reactions. Known as the Thyroflex test, this is a non-invasive thyroid function test. This test is used by specialist thyroid healthcare practitioners.
How Is The Thyroflex Test Performed?
The Thyroflex test is performed by measuring the reaction time, or reflex of the brachioradialis muscle of the forearm. This muscle is used for testing as the person being tested simple sits with their arm resting on the healthcare practitioner’s desk.
A small reflex hammer is used to strike the reflex region of the brachioradialis muscle. Then using a specially developed software program the
Thyroflex measures the response of the muscle within milliseconds.
Did You Know There’s a Strong Correlation Between Your Reflexes and Your Metabolic Rate?
A low reflex score indicates low thyroid hormone activity due to reduced metabolic activity. In contrast, a higher than normal reflex can indicate over activity of the thyroid hormones.
Here Are Some of The Benefits of Thyroflex Testing
- Helps identify a thyroid health problem
- Effective tool for measuring current thyroid hormone activity
- Non-invasive as no blood draw is required
- Can be used along with standard thyroid blood tests
- Useful to help adjust an individual’s dose of thyroid hormone replacement
- Provides immediate results as the test take around five minutes