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How Chiropractic can Help ADD/ADHD

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:02pm

The video posted suggested that chiropractic may help people with ADD/ADHD, but it doesn’t say how.  In fact it only mentions it in passing after explaining some of the dangers of the drugs used to treat such conditions.  So here is a collection of some of the research.  A single study by Mississippi State University found that specific chiropractic treatment improved results in the majority of ADD/ADHD sufferers.  You can find that study here.  Of course more research is needed, but so far medication has only been shown to keep ADHD controlled, not cure it.  Chiropractic care has shown actual improvement without the risks of medication.

How does chiropractic treatment accomplish the improvement. Dr. Robert Melillo, a chiropractic neurologist said, “Motor activity—especially development of the postural muscles—is the baseline function of brain activity. Anything affecting postural muscles will influence brain development. Musculoskeletal imbalance will create imbalance of brain activity, and one part of the brain will develop faster than the other, and that’s what’s happening in ADHD patients.”  He also pointed out that “True ADHD patients have other signs — tics, tremors, balance or postural problems, or unusual sensitivity to touch, movement, sights, or sounds.”

Doctors of chiropractic and chiropractic neurologists don’t treat ADHD they treat dysfunction in the spine and body.  The brain is stimulated by this stimulation of weakened function through adjustments.  The body is aided in healing it’s self decreasing the imbalances.  So instead of filling the gap with drugs the body may become dependent on, the brain is able to develop where it was otherwise weak through stimulation caused by chiropractic adjustments.

While chiropractic may provide a good treatment for many suffering from these conditions mechanical stimulation is not the only answer and dietary or life changes should also be included in treatment.  Processed food containing food dyes, sugar, preservatives, additives, and pesticides or other chemicals should be avoided.  Elimination diets can be used to determine if there is a particular food that provokes negative responses in that person.  Food has a chemical effect on our bodies just like medication does.  Other life changes such as exercise and identifying learning patterns will also be beneficial.

The video posted suggested that chiropractic may help people with ADD/ADHD, but it doesn’t say how.  In fact it only mentions it in passing after explaining some of the dangers of the drugs used to treat such conditions.  So here is a collection of some of the research.  A single study by Mississippi State University found that specific chiropractic treatment improved results in the majority of ADD/ADHD sufferers.  You can find that study here.  Of course more research is needed, but so far medication has only been shown to keep ADHD controlled, not cure it.  Chiropractic care has shown actual improvement without the risks of medication.

How does chiropractic treatment accomplish the improvement. Dr. Robert Melillo, a chiropractic neurologist said, “Motor activity—especially development of the postural muscles—is the baseline function of brain activity. Anything affecting postural muscles will influence brain development. Musculoskeletal imbalance will create imbalance of brain activity, and one part of the brain will develop faster than the other, and that’s what’s happening in ADHD patients.”  He also pointed out that “True ADHD patients have other signs — tics, tremors, balance or postural problems, or unusual sensitivity to touch, movement, sights, or sounds.”

Doctors of chiropractic and chiropractic neurologists don’t treat ADHD they treat dysfunction in the spine and body.  The brain is stimulated by this stimulation of weakened function through adjustments.  The body is aided in healing it’s self decreasing the imbalances.  So instead of filling the gap with drugs the body may become dependent on, the brain is able to develop where it was otherwise weak through stimulation caused by chiropractic adjustments.

While chiropractic may provide a good treatment for many suffering from these conditions mechanical stimulation is not the only answer and dietary or life changes should also be included in treatment.  Processed food containing food dyes, sugar, preservatives, additives, and pesticides or other chemicals should be avoided.  Elimination diets can be used to determine if there is a particular food that provokes negative responses in that person.  Food has a chemical effect on our bodies just like medication does.  Other life changes such as exercise and identifying learning patterns will also be beneficial.

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