Top 5 Benefits of Chiropractic

Are There Any Benefits of Chiropractic Care That You May Not Know About?

There are a number of different reasons why patients decide to seek out chiropractic care. Whether you are getting adjusted for headaches, low back pain, or anything in between, there are a number of ways that spinal adjustments can help your overall health. When you take care of your nervous system, your entire body can benefit. This is why there are so many great benefits of chiropractic care that the average person doesn’t even know about. Here are some of the best benefits of chiropractic care that could help improve your life.

1. Relieve Stress: When your nervous system is interfered with, your spinal bones are misaligned and your muscles are imbalanced, chances are your entire body will feel out of line. This can cause a great deal of mental and physical stress on your body. Once you have been balanced, your body will immediately feel less tense, and this message of relaxation will also go straight to the brain.

2. Improve Posture: Over time, regular chiropractic adjustments can help align tilting and abnormal curves in your spine and help you improve your posture. This can be particularly beneficial when it comes to the curve in your neck. Many people develop neck issues younger than ever, due to their constant position sitting in front of a computer screen or hunched over a phone.

3. Improve Your Mood: When you get adjusted, you are balancing your body’s entire system. This includes your body chemistry. This means that those who are suffering from certain chemical imbalances will often benefit from chiropractic care. Many people dealing with depression can see an Chiropractic_Adjustmentimprovement in their mood with regular chiropractic care. Many individuals with ADHD have also seen great benefits with regular adjustments.

4. Improve Your Immune System: When you get adjusted, your chiropractor is removing subluxations that are preventing your nervous system from working properly. Keeping your nervous system working properly keeps your immune system working properly, meaning your immune system will start working better and you will start recovering from illnesses faster.

5. Improve Your Sleep: Many sleep problems are related to pain, stress and body aches and imbalances in the nervous system. Taking care of these issues with regular chiropractic care can help any individual improve their sleep quality and get the rest they need every night.

Regular chiropractic care can provide these benefits and more by removing interference to your nervous system allowing your body to work a peak performance.

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Kids, ADHD & Chiropractic

What Is ADHD and How Common Is It?

Today with 1 in 10 kids is diagnosed with ADHD, making it the most commonly diagnosed neuro-behavioral disorder in children. This prevalence has sky rocketed over the past generation. Ritalin is currently the most common treatment for kids with ADHD. (In fact, the United States uses 90% of the world’s Ritalin) This medication is a schedule II controlled substance that has effects similar to both amphetamines and cocaine. As more parents are learning about the effects of medication on their children, they are looking to alternative treatments for ADHD. One very safe alternative that many parents have turned to is pediatric chiropractic care.

The main idea behind chiropractic care is that it restores optimal function of the nerve system. According the Gray’s Anatomy textbook, “All functions of the body are controlled by the nervous system.” ADHD is a known central nervous system disorder. When there is stress and tension in the nerve system, caused by common childhood occurrences like birth, falls, and sports, and chemical insult behavior problems may arise. A way to describe the effects of nerve system tension in children with ADHD and other neuro-developmental problems is that it is as if these kids have the heavy metal rock band Metallica blaring in the background all the time. It causes them behave erratically, have difficulty concentrating, seem overly sensitive, and have meltdowns for no apparent reason. Chiropractic care turns down the Metallica by calming the nerve system. The end result is that the childkids behaves and functions at a higher level. Since the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and spinal nerves) is protected by the skull and moveable bones of the spine, pediatric chiropractors are able to use gentle spinal adjustments to affect the nervous system.

Is There Any Evidence That Chiropractic Can Help Children with ADHD?

This has been an intensive area of study for well over a decade. A 2014 study of children diagnosed with ADHD between the ages of 8 and 12 remarkable results were found with chiropractic care. 75% of the children were on medication. Following a minimum of 5 months of care there was an overall 17.3% improvement in ADHD symptoms with no additional intervention.

Chiropractic and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Chiropractic News stories are finally starting to explore the powerful role that chiropractic care has in working with patients beyond their back and neck pain.   ADHD is one such issue.  Millions around the world have this trait and are looking for an alternative, drug-less approach that makes a difference.

Enjoy this brief video about one of our colleagues as the news team profiles his approach in managing his patients with ADHD.  Dr. Ned Hallowell, MD, interviewed for this clip, is the leading authority on ADHD. He has been profiled on Oprah, Dr. Oz and Good Morning America for his ground breaking methods and best-selling books.

 

Did you know that chiropractic is being used to treat kids with ADHD symptoms?

Oh come on doctor, how can chiropractic help my ADHD child? When I tell my patients that chiropractic can greatly benefit their ADHD child, I sometimes get a strange look but it’s true. Consider these facts: In the past decade, prescriptions for Ritalin, a stimulant medication commonly used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), increased five-fold with 90% of all prescriptions worldwide consumed in the United States. As parents grow leery of the traditional medical approach to ADHD, chiropractors are offering promising results with non-drug treatments that focus on an all-natural approach – ridding children of spinal subluxations, making nutrition and lifestyle changes  – that affect brain activity.

Here’s a quote from the American Chiropractic Association about the power of chiropractic in treating ADHD: “Chiropractors offer a non-drug treatment alternative for ADHD patients that targets the underlying problems, not just symptoms. “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,” says Dr. Robert Melillo, a renowned chiropractic neurologist.”

Also a new study was released recently that showed children with behavioral problems are at much greater risk for lower back pain. Researchers examined 1,000 schoolchildren between the ages of 11-14. They found that those who had behavioral problems, as well as those that repeatedly complained of other symptoms such as headaches and sore throats, were more likely to get lower back pain. (From the April 4, 2003 edition of Pediatrics Magazine.)

If you have a child who has been labeled ADHD, suffers lower back pain, or who seems to exhibit behavioral problems, I hope you give serious consideration to seeking an all-natural non-invasive chiropractic solution. You might be surprised what chiropractic can do for your ADHD child.

Interested in learning more about how chiropractic can help children that have been diagnosed ADHD?  Call (309) 692-6800 today. We’re here to help!