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Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders

An estimated 6.1 million children have ADHD in the U.S., but adult ADHD statistics are rising.

62% take ADHD medication, the majority of which are aged 6 to 11 years old. That’s almost 4 million children!

Sadly, many children are being wrongfully diagnosed, as over-diagnosis has become a big problem. But when unwanted and unexplainable behaviors occur, parents want answers and results. Sometimes they find these answers from doctors who are quick to prescribe medication before digging deeper to treat the root cause of these behaviors. Prescription medications aren’t always the answer. Overmedicating children can often cause problems later in life as these children become overmedicated adults, only leading to bigger and more significant concerns.

Adults with ADHD tend to have more instability at work, higher rates of incarceration, lower socioeconomic status, high rates of divorce as well as more frequent job changes, and more minor violations such as speeding tickets.

ADD and ADHD stem from a nerve dysfunction in the brainstem of children. This nerve interference in caused by misalignments of the spine. Removing nerve interference allows the central nervous system to communicate with the rest of the body properly, allowing the body to function at the highest levels of health and wellness. When the spine is in alignment and the body is performing at optimal health, it is easier to concentrate and control our impulses, which can significantly improve these habits in children with ADD or ADHD.

Multiple studies have been conducted on this topic and have proven that chiropractic is effective in reducing symptoms of ADD and ADHD in children and adults alike.

The top two bones in the neck could be the very region you need to focus on to get help for ADHD. Why is this the case? It has to do with the effect that a subluxation in this area can have on the function of the brainstem and the central nervous system in general. Here are three changes that can take place in the body when the C1 and C2 vertebrae are out of alignment.

Brainstem Function

The C1 and C2 protect the sensitive area where the brainstem meets the spinal cord. Even the slightest of misalignments can put pressure on the brainstem and inhibit proper function. Since all of the messages traveling to and from the brain come through here, it can lead to various neurological issues.

Blood Flow to the Brain

The cervical vertebrae have tiny loops of bone called vertebral foramen. These loops of bone provide safe passage for the vertebral arteries which bring oxygen-rich blood to the brain. A misalignment can inhibit this proper flow of blood and keep the brain from getting all of the oxygen it needs for proper function.

•Cerebrospinal Fluid Drainage

When an upper cervical misalignment inhibits the cerebrospinal fluid drainage, it can start to pool. This may, in turn, lead to increased intracranial pressure. In order to relieve these changes and give the body proper time to heal, it is vital to have the misalignments corrected in a very precise manner.


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