Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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Chiropractors working in concert with a trained mental health provider should be able to manage many cases of ADHD without the use of harsh stimulant medication and its attendant adverse effects.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is the most common neuropsychiatric condition diagnosed today, affecting anywhere between 5-11% of children. It is characterized by inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity, usually occurring together, although they can occur separately.

Although the underlying cause or causes of ADHD are still unknown, it is thought to be due to a variety of complex biochemical and neuro-electrical interactions within the brain and spinal cord.

Numerous case studies, and clinical studies, support the principle that chiropractic spinal manipulation (CSM) or "adjusting" increases the communication between the brain and the muscles, decreasing inattention and hyperactivity through improved signal entering the brain. Similarly, there is evidence that changes to diet and exercise can reduce the effect or severity of ADHD, improving the quality of life of the patient.

Dr. Robert Press, a chiropractor with Chiropractor On Wheels, LLC, based in Franklin Lakes, NJ, has significant experience managing the structural and nutritional aspects of ADHD therapy in concert with the patient’s medical and/or mental health provider.Call (551) 486-6143 to set up a consultation for management of ADHD.

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