Chiropractic care is part of a holistic, whole body approach to wellness. Spinal adjustments repair subluxations in the spine, which helps improve nerve flow.
Spinal misalignment causes a variety of health issues beyond back pain. Misalignment negatively impacts nerve flow, which has repercussions throughout the body. Chiropractic care treats a wide variety of issues, including the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Research has proven the efficacy of chiropractic care in treating ADHD symptoms, and how spinal misalignment negatively impacts nerve function.
How Chiropractic Therapy Works
Western medicine has great value, but there are some drawbacks. Namely, the short amount of time most traditional physicians spend with their patients and the reliance on prescription medications.
One of the first steps of chiropractic care involves communication: taking the patient’s history. This is of vital importance in treating any disorder, but particularly a disorder like ADHD.
Your chiropractor has in-depth training in gathering medical history and digging deeper to discover the true issue, and he or she devotes adequate time to understanding the root problem. In short, many people receive a diagnosis of ADHD when they actually have a “look-alike” condition, such as developmental delays, learning disorders, and thyroid disorders.
Once your chiropractor diagnoses that you do, indeed, face the challenge of ADHD, he or she has the ideal tool for addressing it in the chiropractic adjustment. Regular manipulations cause changes in the nervous system. Afterward, patients demonstrate improvements in behavior, as well as in their ability to concentrate, make decisions, pay closer attention, and improve memory function.
How is this possible?
Spinal adjustments restore proper function along neural pathways to the brain. These improvements lead to the behavioral improvements patients desire when treating ADHD symptoms, without relying on mind-altering prescriptions.
Different Approaches to Treatment
The relationship between cognitive performance, physical development, and neurological function is recognized by a wide variety of professionals, from educators to speech and language pathologists to occupational therapists. These groups have a history of using kinesiology (the study of the mechanics of bodily movements) and functional movements while working with youth with ADHD.
One popular tool is Brain Gym, developed by Paul and Gail Dennison, which focuses on the connection between movement and learning. These exercises and games help improve a number of key points, including balance, coordination, and proprioception. They also help facilitate improvements in neural pathways for further improvements in behavior and greater self-control.
Chiropractors typically assign patients similar activities to perform between sessions, using systems such as Brain Gym or designing their own.
The Whole Body Approach
In addition to spinal adjustments, your chiropractor uses a variety of holistic tools in treatment, with a particular focus on diet and exercise. For example, he or she may recommend eliminating processed foods in favor of all-natural, organic foods as a key component of whole body health.
Finally, your chiropractor may use an alignment technique on the upper cervical bones. Misalignment between the skull and spine has been shown to cause behavioral issues, with treatment producing excellent results.
If you or your child has a diagnosis of ADHD and you’re interested in exploring a holistic approach to care, contact Bluestone Chiropractic today. Our team of providers is dedicated to providing healthy treatment alternatives to drug therapies to improve the health and lives of our patients.
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