Just as over-medicated individuals are more common than not these days, over-diagnosing is ravaging the population as well. Parents and doctors mean well, but when unexplained behavior occurs in a child, they quickly turn to medical diagnoses and syndromes to find a so-called solution to the problem. While looking for the root cause of a problem or negative behavior is great, parents and medical doctors alike seem to be diagnosing children with a variety of vague issues, most of which are “fixed” by a quick prescription write-up.
Here at Greater Life Chiropractic, we know that sick and medicated (and over diagnosed) kids grow into sick and medicated (and over diagnosed) adults, and we’re not okay with that. We want our children and our adults to be healthy, both in Charlotte and across the country. So we propose that rather than diagnosing and medicating every concern about a child, parents strive for overall wellness care that brings about optimal function and health in their children’s bodies.
What Is the Big Deal with ADHD?
ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is most common in children between the ages of 4 and 11, but can also be found in some adults. It’s more common in males than in females, and it is considered a mental health condition. ADHD affects an individual’s ability to concentrate, control impulses, and sit still. Additionally, children with ADHD are at a higher risk for problems with ADHD during adulthood, in addition to mood swings, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and more.
ADHD is one of the most common childhood diagnoses in the US. According to the CDC, 11 percent of children aged 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD, and 6.1% of children in the US are currently being medicated for ADHD. That number has increased an astounding 42% in just 8 years.
While certain medications are known to minimize the severity of symptoms of ADHD, they also come with their fair share of negative side effects:
- Nausea/Loss of appetite
- Dry mouth
- Emotional problems (zombie-like appearance, irritability, etc.)
- OCD tendencies
- And more
Can a Chiropractic Adjustment Really Help My Child with ADHD?
Chiropractic care can absolutely help your child manage his or her ADHD, and we encourage you to come visit us today to learn more about it. Essentially, some sort of nerve dysfunction has occurred in the brainstem of a child with ADHD, and gentle chiropractic adjustments can realign the vertebrae to remove any interference in those nerves. This allows the brain stem and nearby nerves to send messages to and from the brain and the rest of the body to ensure optimal function of the entire body. When your child’s entire body is working as it should be, impulse control and concentration are more easily managed by your child, leading to a significant decrease in ADHD symptoms.
One relevant case study reported by Vertebral Subluxation Research followed 4 kids, ages 8-12, for several months while they received regular chiropractic adjustments. All four of the children had a history of prescription medications to treat ADHD, and all four of them saw a significant improvement in their ADHD symptoms, functional status, and general well-being. Another study of an 8-year-old boy saw remarkable improvements in his ADHD symptoms as well as improvement in a learning disability and social interactions after receiving chiropractic care.
If you’re looking for a better way to treat your child’s ADHD or if you suspect your child was misdiagnosed, make an appointment to come see Dr. Grant at Greater Life Chiropractic. Dr. Grant specializes in pediatric chiropractic and has seen first-hand how chiropractic care can positively impact children with focus and control issues.
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/