Attention deficit disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a widespread affliction that we are just beginning to understand. Affecting 3-4 million children in the United States, and probably a larger number of adults, ADHD is considered the most common pediatric disorder. ADHD is a compulsive disorder, usually genetic in origin, caused by imbalances of neurotransmitters, the messengers that communicate between the neurons in the brain. It strikes in childhood and continues into adulthood. Fortunately, chiropractors have documented instances of effective treatment for children diagnosed with ADHD.

Up to 6 million children display symptoms and learning disabilities that are labeled as ADD/ADHD. They are often prescribed medications that have not been proven safe and effective, and may even have serious side effects. Research shows that many of these children may be pre-disposed to addictive behavior and obsessive/compulsive disorder due to a genetic variant, and that the medications can exacerbate substance abuse and other dangerous behaviors. Family chiropractors frequently see these children in their offices and correlate symptoms with both vertebral subluxations and lifestyle factors, including diet, lifestyle, and emotional stressors. As chiropractors, the ultimate goal of care is to improve overall function by reducing vertebral subluxations that interfere with life expression.

In one compelling case, a mother brought her seven-year-old daughter in for chiropractic evaluation. Her primary concerns were her daughter’s hyperactive behavior, sleep disturbances, difficulty concentrating in school, and aggressive behavior toward her sister.

After the mother filled out a behavioral and personality assessment and general health history form, the Torque Release Chiropractic technique was used to determine the location of vertebral subluxations. The patient began a regimen of chiropractic adjustments to her vertebral subluxations three times a week, along with craniosacral therapy. The mother and child were instructed on dietary changes and nutritional supplements that would support neurological function, and the mother received instructions on visual and kinesthetic communication techniques. During the course of the girl’s chiropractic care, her mother completed a weekly monitor of the child’s sleeping and appetite patterns as well as behavioral traits, rating them on a 1-10 scale. Over the course of her 90-day treatment schedule, these assessments reflected improvements in the daughter’s behavior.

Many chiropractors report anecdotal success with ADHD patients who have received subluxation-based chiropractic, and present research is revealing how subluxation-based chiropractic works. This is more understandable by taking a closer look at the pleasure center of the brain.

A State of well-being is manifest when the mesolimbic system’s brain reward cascade (Figure 1) of neurotransmitter mechanisms is expressed without interference. The vertebral motor units are in intimate relationship with the brain reward cascade mechanism by virtue of the nociceptive reflex from vertebrae to limbic system. This may explain a recent finding that only vertebrates have opiate receptors, suggesting that only vertebrates experience a state of well-being as we know it. Thus, if a subluxation is manifest, it interferes in our ability to experience a state of well-being. As research continues, new information will allow us to understand why subluxation-based chiropractic affords us the ability to develop greater self-confidence and improve our physical and mental well-being.

America’s Health is Inside Out

In America, most approach health from the outside in. We make up only 3-5% of the world population and consume 60% of all prescription drugs.

In fact, a new study just released by the Mayo Clinic stated that 2/3 of all Americans are taking prescription drugs on a daily basis. Ten years ago a study showed that the U.S. was ranked 24th in overall health, let’s fast-forward ten years, we are now ranked 49th. 49TH! Our infant survival rate past one day old is 69th in the world. 69TH! Cuba and Panama are ahead of us. These are developing world countries we are talking about that are beating us in healthcare. Last year, we spent near $10 trillion on healthcare and that number is only rising.

If we consume more drugs than anyone else in the world, spend more money on our health than anyone else in the world, shouldn’t we be healthier than anyone else in the world?

If health came from large sums of money and prescriptions drugs, we would be. Now don’t let the word non-prescription fool you either. Around 50,000 Americans die each year from Aspirin due to stomach bleeding. According to the Mayo Clinic thousands of individuals die each year due to liver failure caused by consuming too much Tylenol and Advil. At {BUSINESS NAME} we focus on educating the greater {LOCAL COMMUNITIES} on how to obtain a truly healthy lifestyle. Explore our website to find how chiropractic may be the solution to your health problems.

Healthy Pregnancies Lead to Healthy Children

Your Body, Your Baby

Chiropractic care is an essential part of pregnancy, along with proper diet, exercise and sleep. One of the best things you can do if you are pregnant is visit a chiropractor that specializes in pediatrics and pregnancy and utilizes a low force technique like the Torque Release Technique, which is safe for you and your child.

What will the chiropractor do?

It is essential that a future mother has her body as strong and healthy as possible to ensure good function of her reproductive organs. The slightest amount of pressure leading to nerve interference can cause these systems not to work right leading to adverse effects to the mother and her developing baby. A scientifically based chiropractor will use state of the art technology to find these interferences and correct them with a gentle specific scientific adjustment.

A few of the many benefits or regular chiropractic:

  • 60% shorter labor time (all moms love this one!)
  • Over 50% less medications that may cause adverse side effects
  • Postpartum depression is uncommon in women receiving regular adjustments
  • Tremendous success with infertility cases and women having a hard time getting pregnant
  • Decrease the amount of pregnancy induced low back pain by up to 70%

What about after I have the baby?

Sometimes an infant’s spine can be harmed at birth! This is a very traumatic process so it is crucial for the mom and child to get checked for nerve interference as soon as they can after the child is born. Even if you had a “natural easy birth” wouldn’t you want to have you baby checked so ensure they grow up healthy and happy they way they were meant to?

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