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Chiropractic Positively Affects ADHD

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The 2010 Proceedings of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) Research Conference recently published a case study involving the response of a 7-year-old child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to chiropractic adjustments over the course of a year.

Approximately 8 million children in the United States are labeled with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD and generally are being medicated for this condition.  ADHD is a childhood mental disorder with onset before 7 years of age and involving impaired or diminished attention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. The behaviors must be excessive, last for at least six months, and cause a problem in a social environment, such as at school or home.

Ritalin is a common prescription given for ADHD, but since medications offer risk as well as possible dependencies, alternative options are worth investigating.  Especially since Ritalin is in the same classification of drug as Cocaine.  Do we really want our children on a drug this powerful?

A male child was diagnosed by a psychiatrist at age 3 with ADHD, due to behaviors such as uncontrolled violent outbreaks, difficulty following directions, and inability to function in social situations.  From 3-7 years the child was prescribed anti-psychotropic medications, which only moderately controlled the patient’s behavior.  His parents were under extreme stress attempting to cope with their child’s aggressive behavior and sought chiropractic care as a last resort at age 7.

Within one month of care the patient demonstrated significant behavior improvements. The parents reported the child was significantly calmer, “less defiant,” and had reduced aggressive behavior.  Working with the psychiatrist after 5 months of chiropractic care the child was able to be weaned off all psychotropic medication without any relapse of prior behavior.

This is crucial, no longer is the child on a Cocaine derivative and subject to addiction, violent outbreaks, and suicidal tendencies!

Chiropractic care of children with ADHD has evidence in the published literature and it is possible that a mechanical and/or neurological dysfunction could be contributing to a patient’s presentation as well as explain the success of chiropractic care with some cases.  Greater results have been seen when combining nutritional changes and chiropractic care for pediatric patients presenting with ADHD.

Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Bartemus at Transcendent Lifestyle Center, PC.

Written by lknchiropractor

January 1, 2011 at 11:11 pm

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