Around 7-8% of children in 2023, in the United States (around 2 million kids), are thought to have ADHD, and more boys suffer than girls. That equals at least one child in every class of 25 to 30 children, although more are labeled as having ADHD and may simply be poorly behaved. Proper diagnosis is recommended so that children are not incorrectly treated and perhaps medicated for a condition they do not have.
Research is ongoing into the causes of ADHD, and current thinking suggests it results from an overactive central nervous system, with the brain’s failure to properly filter out unnecessary sights, sounds, thoughts, and emotions. Doctors of Chiropractor do not directly treat ADHD, but we can help rectify certain aspects that can stress the nervous system, such as:
Conventional medicine tends to treat ADHD with medication that is a stimulant that acts to speed up the nervous system. Its net effect is to calm the sufferer, possibly because it activates the filtering out process in the brain. The problem is that medication does nothing to cure ADHD; it only manages the symptoms. Unfortunately, when certain medication is taken as prescribed for an extended period, it can negatively impact the brain. Therefore, it is important to consider less invasive options if your child has ADHD, and one of these is conservative chiropractic treatment to reduce stress in the nervous system.