Chiropractic Care and ADD/ADHD
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are conditions characterized by an inability to focus and impulsive behavior. People with ADHD also have pronounced hyperactivity that makes it difficult to calm down.
ADD and ADHD are often diagnosed in young children as personality differences and behavioral choices emerge as a pattern.
Naturally, most children have difficulty focusing and can show more impulsive behavior than adults. Yet, those with ADD/ADHD have such a severe pattern of behavior that it can interfere with their ability to function normally in society. Missed homework, disciplinary action as a result of outbursts, severe fidgeting, and sometimes anti-social behavior can result.
Currently, the most common approach to addressing ADD/ADHD conditions is through neuropsychopharmacology, or the use of drugs. Stimulants like Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvanse, and Concerta are just a few examples. Many people oppose the use of such drugs because they can have significant side effects, including nervousness, anxiety, and excitability that can make ADD/ADHD conditions worse.
For those seeking an alternative to drugs for either adult or pediatric ADD/ADHD, chiropractic care can provide a possible solution.
How Chiropractic Care Addresses ADD/ADHD
Subluxation (nerve interference) inhibits normal nerve function. Many people seeking chiropractic care think of nerve interference on a purely physical level, e.g. back pain or headaches, but nerve function also governs mental processes. When we feel excess anxiety, an inability to focus, restlessness, or other symptoms associated with ADD/ADHD conditions, these are also the result of improper nervous system function.
With specific spinal adjustment, research has shown that ADD and ADHD can be improved or resolved completely without the use of drugs. An additional case study showed improvement in the subject’s ability to follow directions.
Positive effects are not isolated to children, since people of all ages can be affected by diminished nervous system performance as a result of subluxation. Visit us today to see how chiropractic care can help with ADD/ADHD.