Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder causes an individual to have difficulty paying attention and impulsivity control. As a result, he or she may also be restless and almost constantly active. Read on to find out how ADHD and chiropractic care can work together!
ADHD in Children
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.
ADHD and Chiropractic: How Else can ADHD be Managed?
Primarily, ADHD can be effective 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 include:
- 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 and Stress Management
- Exercise: 30-60min of aerobic exercise daily
- Stress management: deep breathing exercises, meditation, and decreasing screen time
ADHD and Chiropractic Care with Team Chiro
Anyone can crack a back, neck, or knuckles. However, only a spinal engineer can truly fix the spinal and joint issues you are facing and generate the greatest long-term relief. At Team Chiropractic, our team of qualified spinal engineers works hard to create a custom treatment plan according to what your body needs for long-term restoration.
With over 25 years of service, we are the leading spinal adjustment practice in the Raleigh area and are uniquely suited to helping relieve your sciatica pain through safe, professional spinal adjustment. Our Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioners (CCEP) and Certified Chiropractic Sports Physicians (CCSP) enable us to correct the overall biomechanics, which enables you to hold your correction.
We believe in the six essentials to healthy living: spiritual/mental alignment, physical alignment, nutritional alignment, exercise in alignment, rest in alignment, and removing chemical stress. By offering both services and products that adhere to the six essentials, we help promote an overall health and wellness treatment for every client who comes through our doors.
If you or someone you know is looking for a chiropractor in Durham, NC, or the greater Raleigh area, we are here to help! Contact us online today or give us a call at 919-788-8881 to schedule your initial appointment and x-ray. We look forward to helping restore your health.
– Dr. Hemmer MS, DC, CCSP