This is the special January 2015 edition of my “Myopractic Answers” Newsletter, in which I tackle your health questions! This month, a concerned mother asked if myopractic treatment can help with her child’s ADHD.
Q: “I read somewhere that myopractic treatment could actually help with my child’s ADHD. Is that true?”
A: There has been some very good research in the last several years on using manipulation to help in treating the symptoms of ADHD in children. In 2010, a study published by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association showed that a holistic approach, using both spinal manipulation and nutritional supplements, reduced several symptoms of ADHD in young boys, including hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattentiveness, as well as behavioral, social, and emotional difficulties.
According to some statistics, the production of drugs prescribed for ADHD, such as Adderall and Ritalin, has increased by as much as 2000% in less than 10 years. This is alarming to both parents and to the myopractic professionals who treat children and young people.
How Myopractic Helps.
As far back as 1975, studies showed that the soft tissue manipulation of spinal subluxation in kids was an effective means of reducing the symptoms of hyperactivity.
Respected neurologist Dr. Robert Melillo had this to say about the connection between spinalbalance and ADHD:
“Motor activity-especially development of the postural muscles-is the baseline function of brain activity. Anything affecting postural muscles will influence brain development. Musculoskeletal imbalance will create imbalance of brain activity, and one part of the brain will develop faster than the other, and that’s what’s happening in ADHD patients.”
In 2003, Pediatrics Magazine reported on another study regarding ADHD and soft tissue manipulation. Researchers studied 1,000 children between the ages of 11-14. What they found was that the kids who had behavioral problems were also more likely to complain of lower back pain.
Spinal health affects neurological health and ADHD is a neurological issue. I strongly encourage parents of children with ADHD to discuss with me the treatment plans that are available to their children; treatments that do not include potentially addicting and harmful drugs.
Do You Need An Treatment?
If it has been some time since you’ve received a myopractic treatment, or if your symptoms have returned recently and you’ve experienced pain or discomfort for more than 48 hours, we recommend coming back in to see us. We can usually get you in immediately by calling (480)721-9433. Thanks for reading and until next month…