Temper tantrums. Hyperactivity. Inattention. If you have a child diagnosed as ADHD or ADD, you know how challenging it is to find safe, effective treatments. This guide will help you learn why gentle chiropractic care is becoming an increasingly popular treatment for ADHD.
Conventional treatment verses Chiropractic care
Conventional medicine usually prescribes medications to relieve symptoms, and these drugs have many side effects, both short-term and long term. One of the most frequently prescribed drugs is the stimulant Ritalin, which can be effective for some, but it also has a laundry list of side effects from headaches and nausea to irritability and insomnia. In addition, stimulant drugs aren’t effective for up to 30% of children.
Chiropractic care is different, and Dr. Carradine's gentle methods are both safe and effective. Chiropractors believe that ADHD is caused by muscular and skeletal imbalances that interfere with brain activity, and Dr. Carradine has special training in detecting and correcting these imbalances. When Dr. Carradine provides a gentle adjustment to the spine, the message pathways are cleared, so the brain and spine can communicate properly with the rest of the body.
Does chiropractic care work?
Small scale studies have shown promising results for chiropractic care’s effect on ADHD symptoms, one of which found spinal manipulations were 24% more effective than common ADHD medications. Another study found chiropractic care reduced overt behavior activity by more than 70% with 57% of the participant’s parents reporting lower levels of hyperactivity.
Dr. Carradine focuses on total wellness and may also recommend therapies to complement spinal adjustments, as well as dietary changes, and/or nutritional supplements to help with ADHD symptoms. Often times, a patient may need certain vitamins to correct nutritional deficiencies.
Life is certainly challenging for your ADHD child and your family. You owe it to them to find a drug-free, non-invasive treatment for your child’s condition. Call our office today at 330-758-4446 to find out how Dr. Carradine can help!
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