Are you looking to get your child's ADHD under control without the use of medication? You may want to consider one of the following alternative treatment methods.
Chiropractic medicine centers around the belief that everything in the body is connected, like a chain. If there is a kink in the chain, the body isn't able to function properly. The nervous system may not be able to send and receive complete messages.
Kids with ADHD are hyper aware of surrounding noises and distractions. Because ADHD is a nervous system disorder, chiropractic treatment may be used to re-align the spine and ensure the nervous system is operating as efficiently as it can. In one case study, a child with ADHD was able to come off his medication after 27 visits to the chiropractor. Although larger-scale studies are necessary, it's possible that regular chiropractic treatment can reduce the symptoms of ADHD. One company that provides this service is Olson Chiropractic Centers.
Neurofeedback involves placing electrodes on the head to measure brain waves through a device called an EEG. The patient is then asked to take part in a simple task, such as playing a game. Once the patient's brain waves reach the desired frequency, a beep may sound, or something desirable will happen in the game. The ultimate goal is to teach the patient how to keep the brain at a certain activity level.
In those with ADHD, increasing activity in the front part of the brain can lead to a reduction in symptoms. Neurofeedback hasn't been extensively studied for ADHD, but it stands to reason that neurofeedback could teach the patient to increase activity in the front of their brain.
Food sensitivities have been linked to ADHD symptoms in children, so it may be worthwhile to have your child tested for any allergies or intolerances. Your doctor will likely place your child on an elimination diet, with mainly bland foods that are unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. Over time, food will be added back in. As new foods are added back, you will be asked to monitor your child for symptoms of ADHD. If symptoms subside initially and come back after a certain food-- gluten, for example-- is added back in, that points to the possibility of a food sensitivity.
If medication isn't enough to control your child's ADHD-- or if you'd prefer a natural form of treatment-- talk to your doctor about chiropractic care, neurofeedback, and dietary changes.
A few months ago, I realized that it was getting progressively more difficult to move around like I used to. Lifting was a chore, sleeping was difficult, and bending over was absolutely grueling. My back hurt when I did just about anything, so I decided to seek help. I contacted a chiropractor in my area for help, and it was amazing how helpful the chiropractor was. I was able to get in for an appointment the same day, and my problems melted away as the doctor worked on my back. My blog details my journey, so that you can see how helpful the right care can be.