The Benefits of Chiropractic Care for ADHD
As a society today, over-diagnosis and over medicating are two common problems that we face. One of the biggest threats from this is that over-diagnosed and over-medicated children grow up to be over-diagnosed and over-medicated adults. This can cause serious health concerns as our population ages. We look for a “quick fix” for children with unexplained behavior problems, but more often than not, turning to medication for this quick solution does more harm than good. Medication is only a short-term solution that wears off and has to be taken more and more over time, and it also comes with the possibility of harmful side effects that can further exacerbate the problem or cause even more problems. At Experience Family Chiropractic, our local Cape Coral chiropractor, Dr. Omar Clark, wants to help children grow up to be healthy adults. We focus on improving the health of the central nervous system to improve overall health, including behavior, so that your child can experience success in life.
What Is ADHD?
ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a mental health condition that mostly affects children ages 4 to 11. Is it more common among males than females and can affect children’s ability to concentrate, sit still, and control impulses. According to the CDC, 11% of children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with ADHD and 6% of these children are on medication to help control their ADHD symptoms. The number of children being medicated for ADHD has increased over 42% in the past few years, contributing to the over-medication of children across the nation. Some of the problems with ADHD medication is that there are problematic side effects that negatively affect the children taking these medications. Some side effects can include sleeplessness, extreme fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, headaches, anxiety, depression, or emotional problems such as irritability or a constant zombie-like state. Children with these issues have an increased likelihood of problems like anxiety, depression, and mood swings continuing into adulthood. It is important to address ADHD to help these children, but is medication really the only way?
Chiropractic Care Can Address the Root Cause of ADHD
For children with ADHD, some type of nerve interference in the brainstem has caused a disruption within the body. Spinal misalignments disrupt nerve communication throughout the body and affect the body’s ability to send and receive messages to and from the brain. But gentle adjustments from Cape Coral chiropractor Dr. Omar Clark can remove these misalignments to allow the brainstem and nearby nerves to send messages to and from the brain to other parts of the body to ensure the body’s systems can function optimally. With nerve interference removed, concentration and impulse control functions are improved, making it easier to manage ADHD symptoms.
Case studies support chiropractic care as a method of improvement in ADHD symptoms. One relevant study looked at 4 children from ages 8 to 12 and found that with several months of regular chiropractic care, each child saw significant improvements in both ADHD symptoms and overall health and wellness. In another study, an 8-year-old boy experienced incredible improvements in ADHD symptoms, as well as improvements with his learning disability and social interaction due to chiropractic care.
If your child is struggling with ADHD, consider chiropractic care as an alternative and effective method for managing ADHD symptoms. Dr. Omar Clark of Experience Family Chiropractic wants to help. Contact his office for more information today.
Hodgson, N., B.App.Sc & Vaden, C., DC. (April 17, 2014). Improvement in Signs and Symptoms of ADHD and Functional Outcomes in Four Children Receiving Torque Release Chiropractic: A Case Series. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 55-79. http://www.vertebralsubluxationresearch.com/
Zielinski, E., BA, DC, MPH, BA, & Mankal, K., DC. (September 15, 2014). An Epidemiological Approach to the Effects of Subluxation-Based Chiropractic Care on the Management of ADHD, Depression and Learning Disabilities in an 8-Year Old: A Case Study. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 153-160. http://www.vertebralsubluxationresearch.com/