ADHD and Chiropr……Wait, What was that?


Easing Symptoms of ADHD with Chiropractic Care


What is ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a condition that can develop throughout life that can make concentration, order and consistency difficult.  Symptoms can include impulsiveness, restlessness and disorganization.  All people can demonstrate some or all of these symptoms at different times in their lives.  While the exact cause of this disorder is unidentified, there are many healthful ways of easing the symptoms, including chiropractic care, proper nutrition, regular meditation and exercise.  Conventional medicine often treats these symptoms with amphetamines, a group of dangerous drugs that can cause cardiac arrest, amongst other unpalatable side effects.


How can Chiropractic Care Help?

Misalignments and subluxation of the spine and skull can have a myriad of negative effects on the body and brain function.  This misalignment can impair nervous system communication, and when nerve pathways are compromised brain function can often suffer a wide range of symptoms, including those linked to ADHD.  Small studies have shown that chiropractic care has improved symptoms such as hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattentiveness.  A study from 1975 compared chiropractic care with commonly used medications and was found 24% more effective.  It was most effective when more than 13 symptoms or problem areas were presented.  Another study found a 71.4% reduction in overt negative behavior activities, 57% improvement in level or autonomic activity and 57% improvement in parental ratings of hyperactivity of their children.  Chiropractic care is required to treat all subluxations, which are still causing nerve interference whether or not symptoms are present.  Though, there is not much scientific research done on the subject of ADHD and chiropractic care, many case studies report drastic improvement in ADHD symptoms after receiving chiropractic work.  This includes terminating drug therapy, greater expression of potential and positive personality unfolding.  Chiropractic care can ease these symptoms because it can release and restructure malfunctioning neuro pathways to the brain and spine, while also reteaching the body healthy nerve communication.