Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder causes the person afflicted to have difficulty paying attention and impulsivity control. He or she may also be restless and almost constantly active.
The disorder begins to manifest in childhood, but can extend into adolescence and adulthood. The hyperactivity aspect tends to improve as a child becomes a teen, however, problems with inattention, disorganization, and poor impulse control often continue through the teen years and into adulthood.
Chiropractic care focuses on restoring the mind-body connection and improving neurological communication via spinal adjustments. Chiropractors are trained in the ability to detect and locate subluxations, a misalignment of the spine, which decreases neurological input and output. When they adjust the subluxations, they restore proper function of that nerve, thereby restoring that communication.
Adjustments are gentle and safe for kids. There are different tools a chiropractor can use, such as an impulse or activator, to be light on adjustments. It is important that children get in a routine and come to their adjustments consistently and at the same time each week to get the best results.
How else can ADHD be managed?
Through dietary changes, exercise, and stress management.
- Dietary changed can have a huge impact on people affected by ADHD. A high-carbohydrate, low-protein diet typically makes symptoms worse as it causes more impulsivity.
- Foods such as gluten, dairy, and sugar cause inflammation, which decreases blood flow to the brain. These should be avoided along with sodium, msg, high fructose corn syrup, yeast extract, caffeine, sugar, artificial sweeteners
- Eating more lean protein and good-quality fats generally reduce impulsivity by stabilizing blood.
- Supplements to consider:
- Vitamin B6 and Magnesium: Essential for a healthy nervous system and production of the norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine.
- Vitamin C: Needed for the brain to make neurotransmitters.
- Zinc: Regulates dopamine. If you have low levels, it may contribute to attention issues.
- Iron: Iron is needed to make dopamine.
- Exercise: 30-60min of aerobic exercise daily
- Stress management: deep breathing exercises, meditation, and decreasing screen time
Dr. Hemmer MS, DC, CCSP