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Chiropractic Care Improves Children with ADHD

We have an epidemic of sensorimotor and attention deficit disorders in our society.  The US Centers for Disease Control found in a study of over 73,000 children that 1 in 10 has an attention deficit disorder or ADD/ADHD.  Chiropractic care improves children with ADHD.

Chiropractic care works to remove stress off of the nervous system and studies have shown that this improves the ability of individuals with ADHD to focus and concentrate.  Additionally, these children show improved behavior, academic performance and overall mood.

1st Study:

One study looked at 24 ADHD children, half of whom received chiropractic care as their only treatment.  Those receiving chiropractic care experienced a lessening of hyperactivity and improved attentiveness, as well as improvements in both gross & fine motor coordination. 

The medicated children also experienced initial improvements in level of hyperactivity and attentiveness, but these improvements decreased over time, requiring higher dosages of drugs to maintain them.  There also were no improvements in gross or fine motor coordination in the medicated group. 

Over half of the children receiving drugs demonstrated undesirable changes in personality, loss of appetite, and insomnia. 

2nd Study:

In a 2nd study, 1989, 7 children received chiropractic adjustments and 7 others received placebo care.  5 of the 7 children who were adjusted showed improvement in their levels of hyperactivity.  Only 2 of the placebo showed similar improvement. 

These research findings demonstrate that chiropractic care can be a highly effective modality for improving the functionality of individuals with ADHD.  When combined with healthy lifestyle behaviors such as good nutrition, exercise, sun exposure, sleeping habits and key nutritional supplements it can be an unbeatable combination.

In our clinic, we see kids with ADHD getting better on a regular basis.  It is a blessing to see a child who was struggling to control themselves, be able to behave well and perform well in school and live life at a higher and deeper level.  

Sources For This Article Include:

Brzozowske, W.T., and E.V. Walton.1980.  The effect of chiropractic treatment on students with learning and behavioral impairments resulting from neurological dysfunction (parts 1 and 2).  Journal of Australian Chiropractic Association  11(7):13-18 and (8):11-17.

Giesen, J.M., D.B., Center, and R.A. Leach. 1989.  An evaluation of chiropractic manipulation as a treatment of hyperactivity in children.  Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 12:353-63. 


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