Is there an alternative for ADHD management? Do you find it hard to concentrate? Does your child have periods of prolonged restlessness? Do you or your child often find yourselves day dreaming or using your pens as drumsticks? These symptoms are often associated with someone who is suffering from ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
ADHD is a condition that affects both children and adults. As of 2011 6.4 million children have been diagnosed with ADHD in the United States. This massive surge in ADHD diagnosis numbers is forcing many patients and parents with ADHD (diagnosed) children to ask some important questions:
Before jumping to the conclusion your child has ADHD, consider other factors that might be influencing their behavior. It is very possible that there may be other underlying causes such as nutrition, family environment, school or social stressors. Treatment with medication should preferably be a last resort.
Handheld Devices. When your child is unruly it’s tempting to give them an iPad to distract them for a while. Even as adults we are quietly being hardwired to be codependent on our devices. Electronic devices such as cellphones and tablets, are potential offenders in negatively affecting children’s and adult’s memory. These electronic gadgets can also affect a person’s attention span, especially for developing young brains.
Normal Behavior. Every person is unique. As humans we are born with a certain set of personality traits that set us apart from each other—even if these traits are miniscule. Someone who has a little higher energy level or is a daydreamer, does not necessarily suffer from ADHD. Children are a prime example of this as they typically have higher energy levels it’s best to wait on attempting to use medication as a treatment for behavior issues.
Medicate with Caution. We are quickly becoming a ‘one pill fits all’ nation. As soon as a child displays any symptoms of ADHD often the first reaction is to medicate. However, ADHD medication, even at a young age, can lead to side effects as well as drug dependency well into adulthood. Be sure to thoroughly research any recommended medications and never be afraid to ask for a second opinion.
Chiropractic and ADHD Relief
Studies and case reports have reflected a positive link between behavior improvements of patients diagnosed with ADHD and treatment using chiropractic care. Through the gentle spinal adjustments and therapies typically performed while under chiropractic care many parents of ADHD patients, as well as adult ADHD patients themselves, have reported improvements in diagnosed ADHD symptoms and behaviors.
If you are searching for a holistic, drug-free solution to ADHD, request an appointment with Dr. Krieger or give our office a call: 770-993-4425.