In keeping with our mental health and chiropractic theme, this week’s blog discusses chiropractic care and its positive effects on ADHD and hyperactivity. How exactly does chiropractic help with ADHD, Hyperactivity and Learning Disorders?
Let’s get to it…
It is estimated that between 3 to 5 percent of children have ADHD. This means that in a classroom of 25 to 30 children, it is likely that at least one will struggle with the symptoms. Children with ADHD often continue to experience symptoms throughout adulthood and it is estimated that 6.5-9million adults have ADHD in the US. The exact cause of ADHD and hyperactivity disorders is unknown however it is believed to involve interactions between genetic and environmental factors. Symptoms of ADHD and learning disorders range from having difficulty focusing to needing to constantly be in motion or talking nonstop. Anger issues and poor social skills are also common symptoms of ADHD.
In most cases, psychiatric drugs like Ritalin are given to children to treat their symptoms. However, according to Peter Breggin, MD, these drugs are dangerous. Ritalin can cause drug-induced behavioral disorders, psychosis, mania, drug abuse, permanent neurological ticks, and addiction. Other side effects include loss of appetite, dizziness blurred vision, nervousness, and more. Drugs given to hyperactive children frequently cause the same problems. Leaving many parents asking, “Is there any other way?”
For decades, clinicians and chiropractors have reported on the effectiveness of chiropractic care for children with many kinds of neurological conditions including ADHD, hyperactivity, dyslexia, and other behavioral problems. A case study done by Bastecki and colleagues assessed a five-year-old boy with ADHD. The boy, with difficult behavior and facial ticks, was on Ritalin, Adderall and Haldol for three years. Within eight weeks of chiropractic care the boy’s facial ticks were resolved and his behavior dramatically improved. His pediatrician said he no longer exhibited ADHD symptoms.
A research study conducted by Pauli also demonstrated the effectiveness of chiropractic on ADHD. The research study evaluated nine ADHD patients (4 male, 5 female, 22 to 58 years old). Evaluations were conducted using the Test of Variables of Attention before care. Test scores were abnormal for all nine participants. After two months of care, all patients were noted to have had a significant change in ADHD score and 88% were completely normalized.
As the studies discussed above demonstrate, chiropractic can be an effective tool for those suffering with neurological disorders. By releasing stress on the brain, spinal cord and related nerves, chiropractic minimizes symptoms and in most cases improves brain function.
How Chiropractic Helps ADHD, Hyperactivity, and Learning Disorders
When the spine becomes misaligned, the nerves that exit the spine in the area of the misalignment are often affected. They may be pinched or pressed, affecting vital communication between the brain and the affected body part. This can happen as the result of a fall, accident, or injury. It can also happen during the birthing process when a baby’s head and neck are twisted. Chiropractors are the only health professional trained to address spinal misalignment. In doing so, they ensure that the brain waves and nervous system are able to communicate effectively, improving brain function and often reducing symptoms commonly associated with ADHD, hyperactivity and learning disorders.
Chiropractic care is a drug-free approach to health and while it can’t guarantee any specific results, countless studies and patient testimonials demonstrate that chiropractic care is just as effective as medication.
Check out the awesome patient testimonial below. In it, my friend and fellow chiropractor, Dr. Kahlid Mankal talks to one of his patient’s about her son’s struggle with ADHD and anxiety.
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Our next blog will discuss chiropractic care, anxiety and depression.
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