Can Chiropractic Care Actually Help ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is a condition that affects millions of children and thousands of adults around the world. This can cause a number of problems for individuals, making it difficult to focus and effectively navigate a normal work or school day.

So, in this article, we’ll take a closer look at ADHD and examine how chiropractic care can be the perfect option for patients with this condition.

ADHD in Adults and Children

Usually, ADHD is thought of as a childhood disorder. However, many adults suffer from ADHD as well. This condition can affect anyone, but it typically develops in childhood, not in adulthood.

In children, ADHD makes it hard to focus on school work, and getting good grades can be extremely difficult. For adults, ADHD can cause the same focus issues as are present in children, making it very difficult to maintain a traditional job, where consistent focus is essential. 

No matter what age the patient is, they need to be treated with respect, and they need to be offered effective tools to help them manage and/or overcome their condition. 

What are the Symptoms of ADHD?

Often, the symptoms of ADHD are vague and somewhat hard to describe. In fact, many of the symptoms of ADHD, such as difficulty sitting still, trouble focusing, and similar issues are common in all children as they are developing. For this reason, ADHD can often go undiagnosed for many years.

As a result, children with ADHD who haven’t received a diagnosis or treatment may be incorrectly thought of as being lazy or simply “bad kids”.

For this reason, prompt diagnosis and effective treatment are essential for ADHD.

How is ADHD Diagnosed? 

Typically, ADHD is a diagnosis of exclusion. This means that once all other likely causes of the child’s behavior have been ruled out, the clinician can reasonably assume that the patient has ADHD.

There are a few physical tests and diagnostic tools that can be used to come to a diagnosis of ADHD. However, it’s important to look at the whole picture of the patient’s profile before diagnosing him or her with the condition in question.

How is ADHD Treated?

One of the most common treatments for ADHD is the medication Adderall (or Ritalin). Contrary to what one might logically assume, Adderall and Ritalin are stimulant medications, meaning that they “speed things up” with regard to brain processes.

While these medications can often improve focus and decrease symptoms in ADHD sufferers, they can cause a number of side effects. 

These medications can cause symptoms such as anxiety, high heart rate, delusional thoughts, and digestive issues.

Alternatively, or in addition to medicinal treatments for ADHD, patients may benefit from behavioral counseling. Sometimes, therapists can help ADHD sufferers learn to control their impulses and improve their focus through a series of exercises and techniques. 

Unfortunately, it seems that many patients are unaware of one of the best treatments for ADHD: chiropractic care.

Chiropractic Care and ADHD

Chiropractors offer a unique solution for patients who suffer from ADHD. By performing spinal adjustments on areas that have slipped out of alignment, chiropractors can help patients by improving nerve communication between various areas of the body and brain.

Are you or a loved one dealing with ADHD? Have you tried everything, and nothing seems to work? If so, you should consider chiropractic care. Your Noblesville chiropractor at Anchor Health Chiropractic can help. Book your appointment today!

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