Today with 1 in 10 kids is diagnosed with ADHD, making it the most commonly diagnosed neuro behavioral disorder in children. This prevalence has sky rocketed over the past generation. Ritalin is currently the most common treatment for kids with ADHD. This medication is a schedule II controlled substance that has effects similar to both amphetamines and cocaine. As more parents are learning about the effects of medication on their children, they are looking to alternative treatments for ADHD. One very safe alternative that many parents have turned to is chiropractic care.
In his book Talking Back to Ritalin: What doctors aren’t telling you about stimulants for children, Dr. Peter Breggin states that the United States consumes 90% of the world’s Ritalin. This is more than five times the usage of the rest of the world combined! In addition, Dr. Breggin reported that, “Emergency room visits by children ages 10-14 involving Ritalin intoxication have now reached the same level as those for cocaine, which indicates escalating abuse of this highly addictive drug.”
Many of the alternative approaches and providers focus on reducing external stresses both in diet and in the environment. Altering diet to avoid common triggers like gluten, dairy, preservatives, and high fructose corn syrup is very helpful for many kids with ADHD. The chiropractic approach involves calming the child’s nerve system.
“While other professions may be concerned about changing the environment to suit the weakened body, chiropractic is concerned with strengthening the body to suit the environment.”
~BJ Palmer, DC (One of the founders of chiropractic)
How Can Chiropractic Care Improve Behavior in Kids with ADHD?
The main idea behind chiropractic care is that it restores optimal function of the nerve system. According the Grey’s Anatomy textbook, “All functions of the body are controlled by the nervous system.” ADHD is a known central nervous system disorder.
When there is stress and tension in the nerve system, caused by common childhood occurrences like birth, falls, and sports, behavior problems may arise. Since the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and spinal nerves) is protected by the skull and moveable bones of the spine, chiropractors are able to use gentle spinal adjustments to affect the nervous system. While changing diet, supplementing, and removing environmental irritants are very important and effective parts of caring for children with this problem, they will only get limited results if there is stress and tension in the nervous system.
**Chiropractors are the only doctors that are experts in evaluating
and improving nervous system function.**