Childhood diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 11% of children between the ages of 4 and 17 had been diagnosed with the condition in 2011, which accounts for 6.4 million children. For parents of children with ADHD, dealing with the behavioral and emotional issues associated with the disorder can be a major challenge. Therefore, once a diagnosis has been made, parents are often eager to seek treatment for their children.
Management Options for Children with ADHD
When managed appropriately, an ADHD diagnosis is no barrier to success. Just look at Michael Phelps, the most decorated swimmer in Olympic history, and Simone Biles, who won five Olympic medals when she was only 19, four of them gold. Other highly successful individuals who struggled with ADHD as children or teenagers include actor Ryan Gosling, prolific inventor Dean Kamen, and singer Adam Levine.
Parents of children with ADHD are faced with many different treatment options. Some choose pharmacological therapy, such as amphetamine (Adderall) or methylphenidate (Ritalin). Others worry about starting their children on medicine at too young an age, and they may turn to counseling or cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to try to improve symptoms.
Over the last decade or so, chiropractic care has also been floated as an option for the management of childhood ADHD. Chiropractors can provide spinal manipulation therapy for children with ADHD, as well as nutritional counseling to moderate symptoms. This may be the primary treatment method, or it could be used in conjunction with counseling and/or medication.
Preliminary Scientific Studies on Chiropractic Care for ADHD
Although there is not extensive research in the field, there have been several scientific studies that have demonstrated the effectiveness of chiropractic care for children with ADHD. For example, in 2010, researchers from the International Pediatric Association in Pennsylvania reviewed the outcomes of four pediatric patients who received chiropractic care for ADHD, and they found that five months of treatment reduced symptoms such as hyperactivity, impulsivity, difficulty paying attention, social problems, and emotional issues.
A case study in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics in 2009 had a similar finding. When a six-year-old male with ADHD received chiropractic care for six weeks, including chiropractic adjustments, movement therapy, and nutritional advice, there was a marked improvement in his behavior. As a result, he was able to discontinue the use of medication, which he had previously relied on to manage his ADHD symptoms.
There is lots of room for further research when it comes to chiropractic care for ADHD management, and it is important to note that every case of ADHD is different, so outcomes could vary between patients. However, if your child has ADHD, it could be worth looking into spinal manipulation therapy and nutritional counseling. Contact Atlanta Chiropractic Care and Wellness to schedule an appointment to talk about how chiropractic care could be integrated into your child’s treatment plan.Share