A Case Study: How Chiropractic Helps ADHD
The clinical periodical, the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, released a case study in the March 2009 issue concerning the improvement experienced with chiropractic care of a 3 1/2 year of age boy who had been diagnosed with Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Authors of this case study report that professionals now think about Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to be the most typically encountered neurobehavioral condition of childhood. They report that some research studies show a 4 % -12 % occurrence rate amongst school-aged kids with males being 3 times more likely to be identified with ADHD than females. They note that clinically, ADHD is treated with psychostimulant drugs, such as Ritalin. These medicines can trigger a decrease in the ADHD symptoms however that the side effects may exceed the benefits.
Negative side effects from drugs used to deal with ADHD include, but are not limited to: decreased growth rate, cardiovascular events such as a boost in blood pressure and heart rate, sleeplessness, reduced appetite, anorexia, stomach aches, sleep disturbances, and lightheadedness. It has also been reported that the majority of the high profile school shootings were carried out by kids who were on long-lasting medication for ADHD.
A chiropractic examination including thorough procedures such as thermography, muscle screening, posture analysis, and array of movement was performed on the young child in this case study. The presence of vertebral subluxation was observed and a course of specific chiropractic care was initiated. The care initially involved treatment visits 3 times a week for three weeks followed by one treatment per week for the 8 following weeks. In addition to chiropractic care to minimize chemical stress on the nervous system that may cause vertebral subluxation, the mother was encouraged to minimize food with additives and sugar.
The result of chiropractic treatment with this young boy was extremely encouraging. Both the boy's parents and teachers reported improvement in the child's attention and energy levels following the initiation of chiropractic care. They also note that his grades improved. His mother reported that he was able to win a chess competition due to his enhanced ability to focus. The child's mother recalled that at the point of chiropractic care, her son would show a boost in hyperactivity if she waited longer than two weeks between adjustments. At the writing of this case study, the young boy stayed under chiropractic care at a frequency of twice monthly. Most significantly, the case study reports that the year child is not on any related medicine treatments.
Dr. S-McCoy said the research is exposing that there is a relationship in between irregularities in the spinal column, the nervous system and brain. Standard science research shows that the appropriate development of the brain relies on proper structure and activity of the nervous system from an early age.” Nervous system interference and vertebral mis-alignments can and frequently begin at birth from delivery.
For more information and to schedule a free consultation, call 480-525-7841. Foresight Chiropractic, the premiere Wellness Center in the valley has been serving children for over 16 years. Ritalin and other medications used to treat ADD and ADHD are class III drugs. Call now to find treatment that is natural, non-invasive and without negative side effects.