It seems everyday more and more children are being diagnosed with ADHD, but is the diagnosis accurate? Does your child really need to take a stimulant based medication and suffer from all the side effects or is there another way to help your child?
Shockingly, prescription medication for children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) makes up 90% of all prescriptions consumed in the United States. Luckily, doctors of chiropractic care are offering non-drug treatments that focus on postural muscles, nutrition and lifestyle changes that affect brain activity.
There are many difficulties surrounding areas involving ADHD but a criticle issue is the way in which a child is diagnosed. For example, a true ADHD child may experience tics, tremors, and/or balance or postural problems. However, the test to determine whether a child has ADHD involves only a simple questionnaire. Therefore, the other signs listed above are not addressed. Fortunately, doctors of chiropractic and chiropractic neurologists offer an alternative. When they test patients for ADHD, they perform a complete brain function exam that even studies the visual and auditory reflexes of the patients.
Another problem surrounding ADHD is treatment options. Yes, ADHD medications can keep children under control, but they also have damaging side effects such as depression, weightloss and isolation. In addition, medication does not cure ADHD. In fact, 80% of patients have ADHD features in adolescence and 65% maintain them in adulthood. That being said, once a child begins taking ADHD medicaiton, it is almost impossible to stop.
Dr. Melilo, a chiropractic neurologist, states, “Motor activity—especially development of the postural muscles—is the baseline function of brain activity. Anything affecting postural muscles will influence brain development. Musculoskeletal imbalance will create imbalance of brain activity, and one part of the brain will develop faster than the other, and that’s what’s happening in ADHD patients.” As an alternative to traditional medication, doctors of chiropractic and chiropractic neurologists offer non-invasive and drug free treatment plans for patients with ADHD. Treatment plans target the underlying problems, they don’t just mask the symptoms. Many treatment plans implement routines, exercises and diet alterations.
No child should have to suffer from ADHD. Doctors of chiropractor and chiropractor neurologists want to help anyone that think they may have ADHD or have a child with ADHD. Before putting your child on medication, consult your local chiropractor for a consultation. To visit The Joint, you don’t even need an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome and for your convenience, The Joint is open nights and weekends.
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