Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a type of condition that will emerge in kids throughout their early school years. A few of the common signs of ADHD are:

  • Unable to pay attention
  • Hyperactive
  • Uncontrolable behaviour
  • Concentration difficulties

It is estimated that between 3 and Five percent of youngsters have ADHD ?approximately 2 million children in United States? and is much more common in boys than girls. It means that in a classroom of 25 to 30 children, it is likely that at least one may have ADHD. However, because many normal children may show a few of these same behaviors as well, it is important that a kid obtain a thorough examination and appropriate diagnosis before any treatment is considered.

It’s not entirely certain what can cause ADHD, however the current thought is that it is a blend of an overactive nervous system, along with a reduction in the brain’s capability to filter out extraneous sights, sounds, thoughts and emotions. Although chiropractors don’t directly treat ADHD, there are a number of things that your chiropractor can perform to help you eliminate things which stress a child’s nervous system, for example:

  • Remove spinal subluxations that irritate the central nervous system
  • Dietary changes to prevent common problem foods
  • Allergy testing that may be stressing the nervous system
  • Suggest changes for the home to help in reducing exposure to toxic chemicals

The most common medical therapy is definitely the utilization of the drug methylphenidate, also called Ritalin. Ritalin is actually a stimulant drug that normally increases the experience for the central nervous system. But also for reasons that are not entirely clear, it will have a calming effect on individuals who experience ADHD; possibly by improving the activity around the area of the brain in charge of filtering out extraneous sensation.The situation with taking Ritalin is it won’t do anything to resolve the reason for the ADHD, it only masks the symptoms. Continued utilization of Ritalin over long periods of time has also been proven to have detrimental effects around the brain itself. It’s important as a parent to check out all treatment options before placing your child on Ritalin and chiropractic care is a good place to begin. Give us a call today!