How Chiropractic Care May Help Children with ADHD

Chiropractic treatment for ADHDWhen you think of ADHD, you may think of an unfocused child pinging around the room like a wild puppy. Hyperactivity and inability to focus are hallmarks of this common disorder.

It affects roughly 11% of kids, mostly boys between the ages of 4 and 17. (Source.)

While the traditional means of treatment include medications like Adderall and Ritalin, these stimulates may affect your child’s sleep, mood, and even growth patterns.

However, there’s a natural treatment may help your child’s ADHD without medication.

According to a study in Explore, children aged 9-13 diagnosed with ADHD, experienced relief with regular chiropractic care. The best part of this study is that these young children were able to not use psychotropic drugs on their developing brains.

Why would chiropractic care help kids with ADHD?

Here’s one theory. During your child’s birth, he or she suffers a spinal trauma. This happens to roughly 5% of children. These spinal injuries may not be noticed at the time because they aren’t obvious. This means the children grow up with slight imbalance that can become more significant later in life.

The other thing that can happen is active kids may experience a spinal injury via a fall or rough play.

In either case, the spine is out of alignment. If the spine tilts to the left or the right (and it can be the tiniest bit “off”) this affects the head and neck alignment. That misalignment affects the Central Nervous System in that communications don’t flow as smoothly from the brain through the body because there is interference in the communications channel.

Chiropractors, as you may know, are specialists in the Central Nervous System. They do far more than relieve back pain. They align the entire body which takes pressure off nerves and allows for improved communication between the brain and the body.

One study dating all the way back to 1989 reported, “Following chiropractic care, 57% showed an improvement in chiropractic radiographic findings; 71.4% showed a reduction in overt behavior activity; 57% showed improvement in level of autonomic activity, and 57% showed improvement in parental ratings of hyperactivity.”

Some parents have been able to reduce or end their reliance on medication that controls their child’s behavior. If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD and you’re in Doylestown, Pa, why not schedule a visit to McQuaite Chiropractic?

Side effects of chiropractic care include a stronger immune system and the potential to prevent injuries. Isn’t it time you scheduled a visit for your child with ADHD?

 

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