Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) has become the go-to diagnosis in children. Affecting 3-4 million children in the United States, and an even larger number in adults, ADHD is the most common pediatric disorder. ADHD is a compulsive disorder, genetic in origin, caused by an imbalance of neurotransmitters, the chemical messengers that communicate between the neurons in the brain. Most often it is expressed in childhood and can continue into adulthood. Chiropractic care has been documented in several cases with effective treatments for children diagnosed with ADHD. Read this mother’s story of taking her son, Kevin, to the chiropractor for his ADHD.

"When Kevin was 3 he was diagnosed as having ADHD. After trying diet changes, allergy testing, and behavior modification techniques, his parents reluctantly agreed to put Kevin on Ritalin. The medication did its job as far as slowing him down a bit, but he suffered many side effects. In 2 years he grew only 2 inches and did not gain any weight at all. He cried easily, had trouble sleeping, no appetite, and would “zone out” quite often.

Finally at age 6 we made the decision to stop giving him Ritalin. He grew 6 inches in less than 1 year and gained nearly 15 pounds. His sleeping and eating patterns were still erratic, and the schoolwork was horrible. His writing was illegible and math made no sense to him.

We brought him for chiropractic care, twice a week for 6 weeks. This past week when I went to his parent-teacher conference, the first thing the teacher asked me was had we put Kevin back on Ritalin. I said no, and she showed me samples of Kevin’s work and showed me the sudden improvement. For the first time his writing is in the lines, it is easy to read and much more age appropriate. Although he still tends to move around more than the average child does, he is able to concentrate, answer questions correctly and is reading better than most of his class!"

Up to 6 million children, like Kevin, display symptoms and learning disabilities that are labeled as ADD/ADHD. They are often prescribed medications that have not been proven safe or effective, and may even have serious side effects. Research shows that many of these children may be pre-disposed to addictive behavior and obsessive/compulsive disorder due to a genetic variant, and that the medications can exacerbate substance abuse and other dangerous behaviors. Family chiropractors frequently see these children in their offices and correlate symptoms with both vertebral subluxations and lifestyle factors, including diet, lifestyle, and emotional stressors.

As chiropractors, the ultimate goal of care is to improve overall function by reducing vertebral subluxations that interfere with life expression. Many chiropractors report anecdotal success with ADHD patients who have received subluxation-based chiropractic.

If you, your child, or somebody you know suffers from ADD/ADHD, schedule an appointment with Concise Chiropractic to get checked for vertebral subluxation and to determine if we can help.