ADHD Treatment

In this article: Natural ADHD Treatment | Drug Approach | Behavior Therapy Approach | Nutritional Approach

This page has been reviewed by Choose Natural’s Chiropractic Advisory Board.

In this article: Natural ADHD Treatment | Drug Approach | Behavior Therapy Approach | Nutritional Approach

This page has been reviewed by Choose Natural’s Chiropractic Advisory Board.

ADHD Treatment

children playingAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed child medical condition, and millions of children are taking psychostimulant drugs as ADHD treatment.

Did you know, however, that a natural and effective approach exists? It’s drug-free, risk-free chiropractic care. And while chiropractic care isn’t a treatment for ADHD, parents often see improvement in their child’s symptoms.

ADHD Treatment: Consider the Natural Choice

Chiropractors can offer you a safe, all-natural alternative to amphetamines (speed), the major component of various ADHD drugs. Safe, natural and effective chiropractic care eliminates the cause of ADHD, not just treats the symptoms.

Chiropractors receive specialized training to locate and correct spinal misalignments that can cause nerve interference, resulting in many different types of dis-ease, including ADHD.

How do these spinal misalignments get there in the first place? Often they are the result of an accident or injury (i.e., car accident or sports injury) or a fall (slipping on ice, a baby’s fall from a bed or changing table). The birth process itself can cause a spinal misalignment. Just think of all the pushing and the pressure that it exerts on a baby’s fragile neck and spine, not to mention the pulling and twisting that’s often necessary to get the baby out!

When a chiropractor performs the necessary adjustments to remove the spinal misalignment, the nerve interference resolves, and the body can heal. Dysfunctional nerves can’t properly communicate signals from the brain to the body, so the part of the body controlled by the impaired nerves often suffers as a result. Remove the interference, and the body heals, naturally, without drugs.

No one can guarantee results with absolute certainty. We can tell you that chiropractic care has been known to help many children and adults lead normal lives.

ADHD Treatment: The Drug Approach

Typical treatment for ADHD is the administration of drugs to alleviate the symptoms of ADHD for set periods of time. These daily medications can be short or long-acting; they include amphetamines (speed) that act as central nervous stimulants to improve attention span and decrease impulsivity in children with ADHD. There is a rather new ADHD medication on the market that is a non-stimulant, non-classified medication – but it still has side effects.

These medications seem to work to relieve the symptoms of ADHD, making it easier for children to behave and learn in the classroom and improving relationships with families, teachers and peers.

If ADHD medications fail to achieve the desired behavioral changes, another option is the use of antidepressants. Antidepressants are also taken when depression is present along with ADHD symptoms.

ADHD Treatment: Behavior Therapy

Behavior therapy or behavior management may be used in conjunction with ADHD medications to control behavior, or instead of medications for children who either can’t tolerate the medications due to side effects or who receive no benefits from taking medication.

Behavior therapy helps parents and teachers learn effective strategies that help children with ADHD behave in appropriately. These strategies assume that all children want to please their parents and teachers. Why? Because they can gain more positive self-esteem when parents and teachers express pride in their behavior.

Often these strategies use some type of “token” reward system as an incentive for positive behavior and use “time-outs” for negative behavior. Behavioral therapy assumes that all children experience pleasure and satisfaction from the verbal and concrete rewards they receive for good behavior. It also assumes that they will behave appropriately to avoid the negative consequences for not behaving.

ADHD Treatment: The Nutritional Approach

Other non-drug therapies are successful in the treatment of ADHD, both in children and adults. One of these approaches blames poor nutrition and deficiencies in essential vitamins and minerals for ADHD. Some of these deficiencies include calcium, magnesium, essential fatty acids (Omega 3 fatty acids) and vitamin B6.

Another dietary approach utilizes the elimination diet. This consists of removing certain foods from the ADHD child’s diet. Things like dairy, vegetable oils, food additives, preservatives and colorings and refined grains and sugars should be avoided.

Often, a nutritionist can help to adapt your child’s diet to eliminate many of the symptoms of ADHD.

ADHD Treatment: The Drug Approach

Typical treatment for ADHD is the administration of drugs to alleviate the symptoms of ADHD for set periods of time. These daily medications can be short or long-acting; they include amphetamines (speed) that act as central nervous stimulants to improve attention span and decrease impulsivity in children with ADHD. There is a rather new ADHD medication on the market that is a non-stimulant, non-classified medication – but it still has side effects.

These medications seem to work to relieve the symptoms of ADHD, making it easier for children to behave and learn in the classroom and improving relationships with families, teachers and peers.

If ADHD medications fail to achieve the desired behavioral changes, another option is the use of antidepressants. Antidepressants are also taken when depression is present along with ADHD symptoms.

ADHD Treatment: Behavior Therapy

Behavior therapy or behavior management may be used in conjunction with ADHD medications to control behavior, or instead of medications for children who either can’t tolerate the medications due to side effects or who receive no benefits from taking medication.

Behavior therapy helps parents and teachers learn effective strategies that help children with ADHD behave in appropriately. These strategies assume that all children want to please their parents and teachers. Why? Because they can gain more positive self-esteem when parents and teachers express pride in their behavior.

Often these strategies use some type of “token” reward system as an incentive for positive behavior and use “time-outs” for negative behavior. Behavioral therapy assumes that all children experience pleasure and satisfaction from the verbal and concrete rewards they receive for good behavior. It also assumes that they will behave appropriately to avoid the negative consequences for not behaving.

ADHD Treatment: The Nutritional Approach

Other non-drug therapies are successful in the treatment of ADHD, both in children and adults. One of these approaches blames poor nutrition and deficiencies in essential vitamins and minerals for ADHD. Some of these deficiencies include calcium, magnesium, essential fatty acids (Omega 3 fatty acids) and vitamin B6.

Another dietary approach utilizes the elimination diet. This consists of removing certain foods from the ADHD child’s diet. Things like dairy, vegetable oils, food additives, preservatives and colorings and refined grains and sugars should be avoided.

Often, a nutritionist can help to adapt your child’s diet to eliminate many of the symptoms of ADHD.

An ADHD Treatment That Resolves the Cause, For Good

If you had a choice between medicating your child with amphetamines to control their behavior and providing your child with access to a natural alternative that eliminates the cause of your child’s ADHD, which one would you choose?

You have that choice – simply pick up the phone and call one of our conveniently located sponsors with experience in pediatric chiropractic. Take the first step in truly getting your child well. Visit our helpful directory to locate a chiropractor near you. Choose natural. Choose chiropractic.

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