Millions of children have been diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactive disorder (ADHD). It is the most common neurological disorder among children. It is all common among adults. If you or your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, or even if you suspect it may be the case, we have some valuable information for you.

Diagnosing ADHD

Before we dive into that information, let’s talk a little more about ADHD. It is diagnosed through evaluation of behavior using guidelines from the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.

The CDC summarizes the criteria for diagnosing ADHD, pointing out the three types of ADHD: Inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, and combination.

Inattention Type often: 

  • fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, at work, or with other activities.
  • has trouble holding attention on tasks or play activities.
  • does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
  • does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (e.g., loses focus, side-tracked).
  • has trouble organizing tasks and activities.
  • avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to do tasks that require mental effort over a long period of time (such as schoolwork or homework).
  • loses things necessary for tasks and activities (e.g. school materials, pencils, books, tools, wallets, keys, paperwork, eyeglasses, mobile telephones).
  • Is easily distracted
  • Is forgetful in daily activities.

Hyperactivity and Impulsivity Type often:

  • fidgets with or taps hands or feet, or squirms in seat.
  • leaves seat in situations when remaining seated is expected.
  • runs about or climbs in situations where it is not appropriate (adolescents or adults may be limited to feeling restless).
  • unable to play or take part in leisure activities quietly.
  • Is “on the go” acting as if “driven by a motor”.
  • talks excessively.
  • blurts out an answer before a question has been completed.
  • has trouble waiting their turn.
  • interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games)

If a child under the age of 16 presents six or more of the above symptoms for six months or more, he or she may be diagnosed with ADHD by a professional. Adults aged 17 years and older need to present five or more of these symptoms.

Treating ADHD

ADHD is said to be incurable. But the symptoms can be managed effectively. The most common forms of treatment include both medication and behavioral therapy. There is growing evidence that adjusting their diet could help to improve symptoms, as well. 

Here’s where our valuable information comes in. Chiropractic care is beneficial for those with ADHD! Both clinical studies and testimonials show that chiropractic care is an excellent addition to treatment for ADHD. It could even outperform medication in managing symptoms while avoiding the possible side effects that often come along with medication.

How does this work? ADHD is a neurological condition. Meanwhile the spine is key to the nervous system. When the spine has a misalignment (also known as a subluxation), it hinders communication to and from the brain. When this is corrected, the brain is able to release the correct hormones necessary for mood and pain. In addition, the brain is able to function far more optimally, resulting in relief from ADHD symptoms.

Dr. Hendricks at Amberwood Terrace Chiropractic has seen beautiful improvement in the moods and behaviors of his patients. It is his passion to care for all those who are in need of chiropractic care, but especially the next generation. Could you or your child benefit from an adjustment? We believe so! Contact Amberwood Terrace Chiropractic today!

Helpful Links

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1550830710000030

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3437345/