While we do not claim to directly treat ADD or ADHD here at Thrive Chiropractic Health Center, we do recognize that since ADHD is a neurological disorder and chiropractic care helps reduce nervous system disturbances. Many parents who prefer a natural, drug free solution for their child have found chiropractic care to be helpful, even miraculous.
Due to the ADD and ADHD’s complex nature it is not always easy for medical professionals to make a proper diagnosis of ADD or ADHD. Because of this it can leave parents in disarray when it comes to deciding on what treatment to seek out. This article covers the most common symptoms of ADHD as well as the traditional and natural treatment options that can be offered. It is aimed at helping parents and all those concerned make informed and effective choices.
ADD and ADHD signs and symptoms
As a result of children today being under far more stress than ever before we are seeing an increase in our country of children who are hard to manage in school and at home. If your child has been suffering from multiple symptoms below for more than six months he or she may be suffering from ADD or ADHD.
The classic signs that parents and teachers notice:
- Inattention, hyperactivity and being easily distracted
- Difficulty concentrating and sitting still
- Inability to control impulsive thoughts and behaviors
- Easily distracted by noises and activities
- Always moving—fingers, hands, arms, feet or legs
What you can do at home
If your child is suffering from ADD or ADHD you can start by making nutritional and lifestyle changes. Rule out environmental factors by reducing your child’s exposure to these substances that are increasingly common in food these days:
- Remove food dyes, preservatives and additives from the diet.
- Focus on natural, organic foods grown without pesticides or herbicides.
- Determine if an allergy is involved such as dairy or gluten and eliminate.
- Eliminate all sugars and artificial sweeteners.
- Reduce the use of cleaning agents, detergents, fabric softeners and other chemicals and try substituting them with homemade or natural store-bought products.
When your child is given a diagnosis of ADD or ADHD it can be terrifying as a parent. All you want is what is best for your child and their future. Unfortunately, the traditional treatment of ADD and ADHD is by using medications that forcibly alter a young child’s personality. The most common artificial approach to controlling ADHD is the administration of methylphenidate, also known as Ritalin®. Ritalin® is a schedule II controlled substance related to, and producing similar effects as, amphetamines and cocaine. The side effects, including personality changes and permanent changes to the brain, cause many parents to look for alternatives. More and more are wisely turning to clean nutrition and chiropractic.
Chiropractic: Pure and Natural
As a natural profession founded on the principle: the body heals itself, chiropractors know that hyperactivity is not the result of a lack of Ritalin® in the body. Instead, we look for disturbances to the child’s nervous system. With a child who has been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD there is almost always misalignments of the vertebra in the upper neck that are wreaking havoc on the young child’s nervous system. This association with upper cervical issues and ADD/ADHD is common.
At Thrive Chiropractic Health Center the thorough chiropractic examination can reveal even the slightest spinal distortion in your child’s spine. From there we sit down with you, parent to parent and give you an in-depth picture of where there is interference in your child’s nervous system as well as what we can do to correct it moving forward. The safe and gentle adjustments we provide often resolve the spinal distortions in your child’s spine, reducing the nervous system interference, allowing the child to heal.
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Again, as parents, all we want is the best for our children. If your child exhibits the symptoms of ADHD, or ADD. Before trying drug therapy, make an appointment for a chiropractic evaluation and see if there is anything less invasive for your little loved one. Call our office today.