Many children present with asymmetrical cortical output; which are fancy words that mean both sides of the brain are not communicating as they should. When communication is altered, the child’s perception and interpretation of his world becomes confused. The chiropractic adjustment is a tool for “self-regulation”. The adjustment takes many forms. What most people image as a chiropractic adjustment to the low back is completely different than adjusting an infant or a child. There are 3 things the body needs to grow and develop, they are: glucose (food), oxygen (nerves grow when oxygen is present) and stimulation (children need to move). If your child is not moving enough or too much, the adjustment will provide the highest level of activity or stimulation to their brain. The stimulation provides input to help the brain re-organize.
AD(H)D is one of the most commonly diagnosed disorders of childhood. Did you realize that about 10% of kids between 4-17 years old have been diagnosed with this condition in the US alone? That is absolutely startling and what makes this even more severe is that almost all of these children end up on psychoactive medication!
According to a recent study, about 1 in 1,000, children are taking stimulants ending up with medication-related psychiatric problems, such as hearing voices, hallucinations, becoming suspicious for no reason, or becoming manic. Even the non-stimulant medication, Strattera, carries a warning: children and teenagers who take it are more likely to have suicidal thoughts than children and teenagers with ADHD who do not take it!
Children and adults with ADD/ADHD often have difficulties with impulse control, attention spans, restless movements, blurting out words or phrases, staying on task, reading comprehension, math word problems, understanding social skills, understanding the big picture (concepts/right brain controlled), being able to focus on things that they are not interested in, poor posture and many other symptoms depending on the individuals genetic predisposition and environmental elements. These symptoms are most often due to a right brain functional weakness and particularly the right dorsal lateral prefrontal cortex (i.e. the right, front portion of the brain). Some of the functions of this part of the brain are motor planning, executive function and inhibition of the emotional centers of the brain. The right hemisphere of the brain is responsible for putting the brakes on thoughts and movement which is why these children have problems with impulse control and sitting still etc.
As a chiropractor, we use different brain based therapies to improve ADD/ADHD signs and symptoms. We access the areas of the brain that need stimulation by different brain based modalities. For example, we will adjust the child or adult on one side of the body to specifically activate one side of the brain via the cerebellum. We will have the patient do exercises that specifically activate the muscle receptors on one side of the body to stimulate the right brain. Once the child can control motor movements, they are moved into Neuro/Bio feedback. This is where the neural circuits practice in real time. The brain practices control over each and every brain wave one step at a time. This is only an example of what is possible at our facility and we welcome you to contact us in order to learn more!