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ADD/ADHD

If your child is like most, moments of distractibility and restlessness are not uncommon. But for those who have attention deficits, constant problems with inattention can significantly impact daily life. In particular, ADD/ADHD presents significant difficulties in learning, attention, and maintaining focus, both at home and at school.

“On average, [ADD/ADHD] affects 5% of school-aged children around the world, or about one in every 20 children. This means that in many countries, there may be one or two children with ADHD in every classroom.”[1]

~ Reviewed By Peter Chaban, MA, MEd & Rosemary Tannock, PhD

Medication

Currently, the most common form of treatment for ADD/ADHD is medication. While medication can help with some symptoms, the treatment is often aggressive, has various side effects, and fails to address the root of the problem. Rather than targeting the areas of the brain which require improvement, medications mask symptoms rather than resolve them.

Neuroscience

Neuroscientists have found that there are specific areas of the ADHD brain where connections are not functioning correctly.  In particular, there are two areas of the brain which may affect your child’s symptoms:

1)  Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex

2)  Orbital Frontal Prefrontal Cortex

It is important to note that these areas often present different symptoms and require specialized avenues of treatment. Click HERE to better understand which of these areas might be affecting your child’s behavior.

Specialized Treatment

Our comprehensive neurologic examination focuses on finding which areas of the brain are underactive and may be improved using Neuroplasticity principles. Based on your child’s findings, we will devise strategies to target those areas for maximum functional improvement.

Discover how our functional neurological approach may help to manage your child’s ADD/ADHD and maximize their success. Contact us today for more information!

 

References

Alcantara, J., & Davis, J. (2010). The chiropractic care of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: a retrospective case series. Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, 6(3), 173-182.

[1]Chaban, P., MA, MEd, & Tannock, R., PhD. (2009, November 30). ADHD: An Overview. Retrieved October 18, 2016, from http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/en/resourcecentres/adhd/aboutadhd/Pages/default.aspx

Muir, J. M. (2012). Chiropractic management of a patient with symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Journal of chiropractic medicine, 11(3), 221-224.

Seidman, L. J., Valera, E. M., Makris, N., Monuteaux, M. C., Boriel, D. L., Kelkar, K., … & Faraone, S. V. (2006). Dorsolateral prefrontal and anterior cingulate cortex volumetric abnormalities in adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder identified by magnetic resonance imaging. Biological psychiatry, 60(10), 1071-1080.

Shaw, P., Gilliam, M., Liverpool, M., Weddle, C., Malek, M., Sharp, W., … & Giedd, J. (2011). Cortical development in typically developing children with symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity: support for a dimensional view of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry.

Sowell, E. R., Thompson, P. M., Welcome, S. E., Henkenius, A. L., Toga, A. W., & Peterson, B. S. (2003). Cortical abnormalities in children and adolescents with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. The Lancet, 362(9397), 1699-1707.

Wittman, R., Vallone, S., & Williams, K. (2009). Chiropractic management of six-year-old child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). J Clin Chiropr Pediatr, 10, 612-620.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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