Thursday, December 10, 2009

ADHD

In chiropractic we do not treat ADHD, or any dis-ease, we treat the spine and nervous system. By removing the interference in the system that controls everything in our bodies, your body can then heal itself. There are a number of things that your chiropractor can do to help eliminate things that stress a child's nervous system.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is becoming a more and more common condition that tends to emerge in children during their early school years. The most common signs of ADHD are:

• Inattention
• Disrespect
• Hyperactivity
• Impulsive Behavior
• Difficulty Concentrating
• Non cooperation

It is estimated that between 3 and 5 percent of children have ADHD - approximately 2 million children in the United States. This is being seen less common in girls than boys. Boys have a natural tendency to be more active than girls. In most cases they need more play time to burn off the extra energy, not medication to chill out.

This means that in your child’s classroom which is typically 25 to 30 children, it is likely that at least one child will be diagnosed with and be medicated for ADHD. However, because many normal children may show some of these same behaviors as well, it is important that a child receive a thorough examination and appropriate diagnosis before any treatment is considered.

It is not entirely certain what causes ADHD, but the current thought is that it is a combination of an overactive nervous system, coupled with a decrease in the brain's ability to filter out extraneous sights, sounds, thoughts and emotions. Many of these behaviors are a result of the diet. There is overconsumption of refined sugars and flours, an increased exposure to toxins, too many sugary drinks instead of water, and an overall lack of physical activity. There are a number of things that your chiropractor can do to help eliminate things that stress a child's nervous system, such as:

• Remove spinal subluxations that put pressure on the nervous system
• Suggest dietary changes
• Add organic whole food supplements
• Test for allergies that may be stressing the nervous system
• Coach the parents to choose a healthier lifestyle

The most common medical treatment is the use of the drug methylphenidate, also known as Ritalin. Ritalin is actually a stimulant drug that normally speeds up the activity of the nervous system. But for reasons that are not entirely clear, it tends to have a calming effect on those who suffer from ADHD; possibly by increasing the activity in the area of the brain responsible for filtering out extraneous sensation. The problem with taking Ritalin is that is does not do anything to resolve the cause of the ADHD, it only masks the symptoms. Continued use of Ritalin over long periods of time has also been shown to have detrimental effects on the brain itself.

It is important for parents to look at all treatment options before placing your child on Ritalin or other harmful medications. Chiropractic care is a great place to start. Not only will chiropractic adjustments remove interference in the nervous system naturally, they help to calm and balance.

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