The Benefits of Chiropractic to Kids with ADHD
Kids are normally energetic and playful. They’re like cute balls of energy that just cannot stop running around. But what happens when we notice our kids becoming hyperactive, over-sensitive, unfocused, or unable to process any information, and tend to be less mature than the others of the same age?
According to a National 2016 Parent Survey, about 6.1 million children are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, known more commonly by its abbreviation, ADHD. It is the most common neurodevelopmental childhood disorder.
Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, and managing impulsive behaviors. They can also be overly active.
Although there is no known cure yet for ADHD, there are studies that show the positive effects of Chiropractic care in curbing the symptoms and improving quality of life. A study at Duke University Medical Center has shown that children diagnosed with ADHD and who were treated by Chiropractors showed significant improvement during the school year compared to those who were not treated. These results indicate the positive effects of chiropractic care on children with ADHD.
Children with ADHD deserve a chiropractic evaluation and necessary spinal adjustments. Here are 4 reasons why:
Improving kids’ focus
There are a lot of things that those who are diagnosed with ADHD are irritated about. They might be on about the texture and coarseness of food or the tags on their clothes. The list goes on.
This irritability can be reduced through proper management of the spine and nerve system. This can be achieved with chiropractic care, along with exercise, training, sports, and counseling. These activities can also reduce sensitivity and give children a more ideal perception of the environment.
This means, their attention span will also improve as they will grow more patient, and won’t be easily distracted by the things that irritate them.
Addresses behavioral issues
Being defiant and having aggressive behavior are two of the things that are common to kids with ADHD. Compared to other children, they refuse to follow instructions and have emotional outbursts especially when they are asked to do something challenging or things that they don’t like doing. This can be anything like going to bed, eating dinner, or staying still.
Behavioral problems may arise when there is tension and stress in the nervous system that can be caused by childhood events like birth, falls, and even sports. The effects of the nerve system tension can cause them to behave erratically, be overly sensitive, and have meltdowns even without enough reason.
Spinal adjustments by hand help to restore the optimal function of the nerve system and permit the body to more accurately perceive and adapt to its internal and external environments. Since ADHD is known as a central nervous system disorder, numerous case studies and some smaller-scale studies have demonstrated the benefits that children with ADHD have experienced by having a healthier spine.
Chiropractic care, through gentle spinal adjustments, turns down the triggers by calming the nervous system and allowing it to self-organize, self-regulate and self-heal more optimally. The result – a child who behaves on a different level!
Assists in brain development
The nerve system consists of the brain, spinal cord that is protected by the spine, and 31 pairs of spinal nerves in charge of coordinating all structures and functions in the body. The brain sends trillions of very specific messages out to the body and back every minute. Brain-body communication is essential to brain development.
Nobel Prize winner Roger Sperry found that 90% of the stimulation and nutrition of the brain comes from proper movement of the spine. In other words, the spine is the engine of the brain!
When the spine does not function properly, it can cause the entire system to perform poorly. Structural shifts in the spine may stop the neurons (brain cells) from making new connections or good quality connections that are required for learning.
Specific analysis and spinal adjustments to the areas of the spine remove obstructions from a developing child’s nerve system and liberate optimal health. Children need a healthy nervous system to grow into healthy adults. Regular chiropractic care for kids enhances the brain-body connection.
The science and research behind Chiropractic’s ability to improve brain function continues to take shape through new studies and validate the millions of lives that have already been enhanced through the application of the fundamental principle that the body works optimally with a good nerve supply.
Helps kids function better
Research published in 2010 has observed a clear connection between brain function and chiropractic care. Chiropractic adjustments led to improved body and brain coordination by restoring balance to the nervous system. It yielded a positive result with kids showing more control and calmness, with a greater ability to perform.
By addressing the function of a child from a neurological standpoint, as opposed to learning how to rid the body of symptoms, children are given the opportunity to achieve new levels of health and be all they were created to be through a healthy spine and nerve system.
Brain enhancements and improved hormone function await kids who suffer from ADHD. However, more research needs to be done to further explain how so many parents report improvements in their children’s quality of life through chiropractic care.
In conclusion, chiropractic care has many wonderful benefits that can help children with ADHD. Parents have reported that their children’s behaviors have been managed and can definitely be improved by receiving chiropractic care.
If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD or if you are concerned that your child has this condition, you can consult with a chiropractor who focuses on objectively assessing your child’s spine, its relationship to the current state of their nerve system, and how the course of care might be necessary to achieve a healthier balance between their brain and body.