Has your child been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? Are you seeking an alternative treatment for your child that does not require medication? If you have answered yes to both of these questions, keep reading to learn why you should pursue chiropractic adjustments to help treat your child's ADHD.
What is ADHD?
According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology, ADHD occurs in approximately 3 to 5 percent of children who are preschool-aged. ADHD is broken down into three subtypes including: inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Depending on which subtype of ADHD with which your child has been diagnosed, they may exhibit any or all of the following symptoms:
- Not seeming to listen when someone is talking to them
- Struggle to follow directions
- Have difficulty doing quiet tasks
- Being extremely impatient
- Blurt out inappropriate comments
Along with ADHD, children may display symptoms of other illnesses including: bipolar disorder, depression, learning disabilities, oppositional defiant disorder, and anxiety disorders which can cause heart palpitations and stomach pain.
Treatment for ADHD
When children are officially diagnosed with ADHD, medications such as Adderall, Concerta or Ritalin may be prescribed. These medications have been classified by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as schedule II controlled substances. This means there is an increased chance of abusing these drugs which in turn can lead to physical and psychological dependence. These powerful stimulants have the following side effects:
- decreased appetite
- sleep problems
- change in personality
- development of tics
Is it worth putting your child on drugs with these side effects to treat their ADHD? If you don't think it is and you are looking for an effective form of treatment, consider chiropractic adjustments.
Why Chiropractic Adjustments Help with ADHD
Most people see the chiropractor if they have pain in their back and are looking for an effective treatment for pain management. However, chiropractors can help with so much more than back pain. Since chiropractors are doctors who focus on the nervous system, they can also effectively treat ADHD, which is considered a disorder of the brain and nervous system.
Chiropractors use spinal manipulations to correct and treat the spine, the part of the body that houses much of the body's nervous system. Chiropractic adjustments help remove interference to the nervous system allowing different parts of the body to receive proper nerve messages. When the nervous system works properly, symptoms associated with ADHD can be reduced.
For more information, contact Gerleman Chiropractic Office or a similar organization.