ADHD is described by the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) as a highly genetic, brain-based syndrome that has to do with the regulation of a particular set of brain functions and related behaviors. So it essentially comes down to the brain and its function.
Who is affected by ADHD? We all most commonly associate this diagnosis with children, rightfully so as the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that percentage of children age 4-17 have been on the rise. In 2003 the ADHD diagnosis was 7.8%, then 9.5% in 2007, and again a spike to 11% in 2012. That means approximately 6.4 million children are walking around with the diagnosis of ADHD in the United States! Now for children age 2-5 the diagnosis of ADHD has increased by more than 50% since 2008. As the infamous sales commercials say, "But wait, there's more!". ADHD is affecting more than just children. There are 11,000,000 adults in the US (approximately 5%) suffering from this brain-behavior disorder. Are you kidding me?! Talk about some staggering statistics. So what are we doing to fix this issue?
Well based on the CDC statistics, 43% of children age 4-17 are being treated with medication alone. Approximately 13% of children are receiving behavior therapy alone. Are you or your child taking daily dose of the various ADHD medications?
There is an alternative to these current treatments. It comes in the way of 100% natural, scientific, and producing results. What is this miracle? It is called Chiropractic. Chiropractic directly affects our nervous system, ultimately connecting our brain to our body and all of its functions. But how does it directly affect ADHD?
The most simplistic answer is that our body has two systems within our nervous system. Think of your car, having a gas and a brake. Our bodies are the same way with our sympathetic (gas) and parasympathetic (break) systems. When someone is suffering from ADHD, they are hyperactive, they are full throttle gas (sympathetic). It is like the Toyota's that were being recalled for gas pedals being stuck. Our bodies need that recall or reset to allow the brake to apply and our bodies to become balanced again.
If you or someone you know is suffering from ADHD, please have them call their local San Diego chiropractor to see if we can help or have them get in touch with us and we will be more than glad to reach out to our trusted network of chiropractors to find one in their specific city or state.
-Dr. Zach Beatty, DC
Gosntead Family Chiropractic
1. ADD.org https://add.org/adhd-facts/
2. CDC https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/data.html