How can chiropractic care help with ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a behavioral disorder characterized by inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Recent research, correlating head/neck trauma and the onset of ADHD, suggests proper correction of an individual’s neck injury can alleviate ADHD symptoms.
Research has established the link between head/neck trauma and the onset of ADHD. According to a November, 1999 study in Radiology, when a child experiences a severe blow to the head-in a car, ski or bike accident, for instance-the head/neck injury may cause the onset of ADHD. The study showed that within a year of injury, twenty percent of kids developed ADHD. Medical research has focused upon dopamine as the primary neurotransmitter (brain chemical) involved in ADHD. (Children and Adults with ADHD, 1999) Dopamine pathways in the brain link the basal ganglia and frontal cortex (brain centers) contributing to behavior. When an individual’s upper neck is injured, a bundle of nerves (the superior cervical ganglion) may be irritated. Because one of the main functions of this nerve bundle is to control blood flow to the brain, irritation of these nerves may cause altered brain blood flow resulting in dysfunction of brain centers controlling behavior.
Any disruption in nerve communication to your organs and body tissues will result in abnormal function. Chiropractors help restore normal nerve function and communication, thereby allowing your body to work normally and naturally.
Drugs simply mask your symptoms, leaving you feeling odd and dramatically increasing your risk of dangerous drug effects and reactions. It doesn’t have to be that way. Chiropractic care can help you maximize your body’s natural ability to function in a normal, balanced fashion-without the burden of expensive and dangerous drugs.