ADD/ADHD is a condition said to affect 11% of children in the United States. This condition is most often spotted by either a parent or teacher and has three primary characteristics: inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. The presentation of a child with ADHD can vary greatly. One child may be hyperactive while another often "often stares off into space".
A question we often get is, "what caused my child to have ADD/ADHD?" There is much debate about what causes this condition. Some health care practitioners believe it has its origin in genetics. Others believe it is the result of exposure to toxic substances or traumatic brain injury. As a chiropractor, we know that the cause of this condition is the result of neurological interference that causes improper nervous system function.
There have been many published and peer reviewed research papers written by chiropractors that show significant improvement in patients with ADD/ADHD. Removing the neurological interference in the nervous system has shown:
- increased ability to focus and engage in social interactions
- decreased classroom and home distractions
- reduced learning disabilities
- reduced aggressive behaviors/outbursts
- decreased prescription medications and medical costs
- decreased child care costs
- improved quality and quantity of sleep
- reduced number of missed work days by parents.
Who do you know that would benefit from understanding that they can reduce the amount of medication they take and improve their overall quality of life through chiropractic corrective care?
- Alcantara, J., & Davis, J. (2010). The Chiropractic Care of Children With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. A Retrospective Case Series. EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing. 6(3), 173-182.
- Karpouzis, F., Bonello, R., & Pollard, H. (2010). Chiropractic care for pediatric and adolescent Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A systematic review. Chiropractic & Osteopathy Chiropr Osteopat. 18(1), 13.
- Kuhn, K. W., & Cambron, J. (2013). Chiropractic management using a brain based model of care for a 15-year-old adolescent boy with migraine headaches and behavioral and learning difficulties: A case report. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. 12(4), 274-280.
- Pelham, W. E., Foster, E. M., & Robb, J. A. (2007). The economic impact of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 32(6), 711-727.