Pflugerville ADHD May Find Benefit from Chiropractic

ADHD remains a challenge for affected kids, adults, and their families.  While traditional medical treatments for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are traditionally prescribed, alternative approaches such as chiropractic care are gaining attention for their potential benefits. This blog aspires to look at how Pflugerville chiropractic care may add benefit to the handling of ADHD symptoms, providing beneficial insights for Pflugerville chiropractic patients and parents at Pflugerville Wellness Center.
 
What is ADHD?
 
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder distinguished by constant patterns of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. It often leads to challenges in school, professional, and social settings. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that approximately 6.1 million children in the US have been identified as having ADHD as of 2016 affecting approximately 9.4% of children, making it one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders in childhood. The primary symptoms of ADHD are divided into two main categories:
  1. Inattention: Difficulty keeping attention, frequent careless mistakes, and problems with organization of tasks.
  2. Hyperactivity and Impulsivity: Fidgeting, inability to remain seated, excessive talking, and cutting off others while talking.
Usual Care of ADHD
 
It takes a team to diagnose and establish a treatment plan for ADHD: pediatricians, psychologists, or psychiatrists, teachers, parents. ADHD can significantly impact a child’s performance in school and in social interactions, often triggering emotional distress for both the child and family. Traditional management of ADHD usually involves a combination of behavioral therapy (ie, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), medication (ie, stimulants like methylphenidate and amphetamines), and school support (ie, IEPs and classroom accommodations). These procedures aspire to reduce symptoms and improve functionality. While they can be effective, they are not without drawbacks. Medications can have side effects, and behavioral therapies require regular involvement and time to show results. With these in mind, some parents seek alternative treatments, such as chiropractic care, to complement traditional methods.
 
How Chiropractic May Help ADHD
 
Chiropractic care is known for detecting and treating musculoskeletal conditions, particularly those involving the spine. Emerging research implies that chiropractic adjustments may offer advantages for individuals with ADHD. Coming with a holistic approach, chiropractors look at the body as an interconnected system. By focusing on spinal health, chiropractors seek to optimize the nervous system, which could positively influence various bodily functionslike behavior and cognition. 
 
Case Study Insights
 
Several studies and case reports highlight the potential advantages of chiropractic care for ADHD:
  1. A National Description of Treatment among United States Children and Adolescents with ADHD: This study features the variety of treatments used for ADHD, including complementary approaches like chiropractic care. (1).
  2. Chiropractic Management of a Patient with Symptoms of ADHD: This case study showed improvements in a child’s ADHD symptoms after chiropractic adjustments. (2).
  3. Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Children with ADHD: This study revealed that a significant number of parents employ alternative treatments, including chiropractic care, for managing their child's ADHD symptoms. (3).
  4. The Effects of Chiropractic Adjustment on Inattention, Hyperactivity, and Impulsivity in Children with ADHD: A pilot randomized controlled trial (RCT) demonstrated promising results, indicating reductions in ADHD after chiropractic care. (4).
  5. The Effects of Spinal Manipulation on Oculomotor Control in Children with ADHD: This study implied that chiropractic care might enhance aspects of motor control, potentially benefiting children with ADHD. (5).
A multidisciplinary approach, bringing together chiropractors, pediatricians, and mental health professionals, ensures the greatest possible outcomes for the child.
 
CONTACT Pflugerville Wellness Center
 
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the possible effects of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management on the nervous system. Most interesting!
 
Schedule your Pflugerville chiropractic appointment now. If you are interested in exploring chiropractic care for ADHD, ask us at your next visit! We’d be honored to be a member of your child’s healthcare team. 
 
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