Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral illness common in school age children, characterized by a lack of concentration and the inability to control impulsive behavior. Whereas many parents of small children may view such activity as typical, in the ADHD child they are at such an extreme end of the spectrum that learning becomes difficult. Disruptive actions may also threaten the education of other students as teachers struggle to contain the affected individual. If you know someone or have a member in your family who may suffer from this, don’t wait, contact CHICAGO CHIROPRACTIC, a CHIROPRACTOR or a specialist to discuss your options.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that over 5 million children in the US (nearly 10%) have been diagnosed as having ADHD. Prevalence is two to three times more common in boys than girls. Untreated ADHD may linger into adulthood, giving rise to problems in obtaining and keeping employment and increasing the risk of other mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
Current medical treatment strategies for ADHD include behavior management and medication with stimulant drugs such as Ritalin. While Ritalin has had some short-term success, medicating school age children using a drug with similarities to both cocaine and amphetamine understandably troubles many parents and health professionals. From a holistic perspective, stimulating an already hyperactive child with psychoactive medication is viewed as a counter-productive measure. Visiting a chiropractor may be a good, non medical, option for you and your child.
With its emphasis on the health of the spine and nervous system, CHIROPRACTIC CARE has justifiably been sought by many parents as an alternative to conventional medical treatment. In addition to correcting any postural and structural misalignment that may adversely affect nervous system function, Dr. Kauf is able to offer advice on lifestyle choices and nutrition that can both help to manage the symptoms of ADHD and sometimes resolve the problem altogether. As a holistic system of treatment, chiropractic therapy looks at all the systems of the body to provide a complete picture of health and, since ADHD often co-occurs with other medical and behavioral problems, this may provide important evidence for the underlying physical or neurochemical causes behind the illness.
Every body is different. If you have questions about this article or whether CHIROPRACTIC is an appropriate choice for your specific situation, please ask. We are here to help! 312-337-4004