The facts don’t lie: In the past decade, there has been a five-fold increase in prescriptions for Ritalin, the medication used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Ninety percent of all prescriptions for Ritalin worldwide are consumed in the United States. It’s no wonder that parents are growing increasingly concerned with the reliance on drugs to “treat” ADHD.

ADHD and problems with concentration in both children and adults can be the result of many different issues. Let’s put aside the fact that schools receive more funding if there are more kids diagnosed with disabilities (including ADHD). People have different learning styles, and when they’re in situations that don’t address the way they learn, they may become bored, frustrated and anxious. Certainly this is an issue that should be addressed on a much grander scale.

But let’s assume that there really is an attention or concentration problem, which could certainly be the case. The ability to concentrate can be the result of many different disorders including ADHD as well as traumatic brain injuries, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. The ability to concentrate is not an isolated problem but rather an issue that can lead to other problems in life. Research indicates that those with concentration problems have more issues with daily living including higher rates of car accidents, increased risk of substance abuse, greater risk of failing school, increased likelihood of divorce and difficulty managing money. Clearly there is more at risk than just the inability to sit through a lecture.

Medical, drug-related and invasive treatments target the symptoms of ADHD and concentration. This means the underlying issue still exists. This is where upper cervical chiropractic care comes in. Motor activity is a fundamental part of brain activity. Musculoskeletal imbalance creates an imbalance of brain activity because the brain cannot fully communicate with the rest of the body, and when the brain activity is imbalanced, parts of the brain begin to develop faster than others. That is the root of the problem in those who have ADHD. By correcting nerve interference, communication and function between the brain and body is improved and greater life potential can be reached.

Though the connection between ADHD and concentration issues and chiropractic care continues to undergo extensive research, there have been many studies published in recent years that clearly indicate a positive relationship between attention issues and chiropractic touch. In many cases, when those with ADHD or concentration problems received chiropractic care, not only was drug therapy no longer needed, but the side effects of these drugs wore off, leaving happier people who could express their true personalities.

When most people think about chiropractic care, they immediately associate it with pain relief, but it is important to remember that what happens is biological and neurological. The body can and will heal itself if given the ability to do so. In dealing with concentration and attention issues, we need to remember that the brain plays a vital role in our daily functions, and when we inhibit its ability to work at its maximum capacity, people are not functioning at their greatest capability. Instead of masking this miscommunication with drugs and invasive procedures, we need only to employ a healing touch.

RESOURCES

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“Helping Children with Attention Deficit Disorder.” ACAToday.org. Retrieved August 19, 2011 from http://www.acatoday.org/content_css.cfm?CID=60.

Kent, Dr. Christopher. “Children, ADD/ADHD, and Chiropractic.” AlternativeMentalHealth.com. Retrieved August 19, 2011 from http://www.alternativementalhealth.com/articles/chiro.htm.