In recent years, chiropractic medicine has shown some promising results in caring for children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also commonly referred to as attention deficit disorder, or ADD.
Although drugs, such as Ritalin, have demonstrated some effectiveness in treating ADD, many in the medical community are beginning to fear that such drugs may be over-prescribed in this country. Simply throwing a pill at a problem often only addresses the symptoms and not the root or causes of the problem.
Research has shown that posture can have a direct impact on motor activity in the brain. A correctly aligned spine, therefore, could benefit a hyperactive child. Nonsurgical and nonmedication treatments, including counseling on posture, nutrition and lifestyle changes, have been shown to have positive effects on ADD patients.