“Please just sit still! Honestly, I just don’t understand why you can’t sit still for 2 minutes.” Rambunctious children often frustrate their parents but can it be helped? While most children have decent amount of energy, some kids are genuinely hyperactive. However does hyperactivity mean your child needs to be labeled ADHD?
Is your child simply energetic or do they have a neurological disorder? Do they have a disorder characterized by a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity? Just for sake of discussing let’s say your child does have ADHD. What are the possible causes and what can you do to improve their condition.
Hyperactivity can be caused by many different things. One of the reasons is that children who have been diagnosed with ADHD also have been shown to have under developed brains, specifically in the frontal lobe. One of the ways you can stimulate the brain to develop is by stimulating the cerebellum, an area of the brain which is responsible for balance, movement and coordination. The cerebellum receives input from proprioceptors (pronounced Pro-prio-ceptors). Proprioceptors are little bundles of nerve fibers that tell your brain where you body is in space.
An example of your body using proprioceptors, would the reason you don’t need to look at your feet when you walk, because you know where your feet are. Proprioceptors are in every joint in your body. However the highest concentration of these fibers is in the neck, right under the skull.
The location of proprioceptive fibers is the reason that Chiropractic care is so effective. Tension and misalignments to the neck interfere with the information received in the brain. Chiropractic care gently realigns the spine allowing for proper communication. Proper communication can improve brain development. Although Chiropractic is not a treatment specifically for ADHD, many cases of ADHD improve as a result of Chiropractic care.
It’s also possible that your child is being misdiagnosed. Age, for example, is one example of how a child may receive a misdiagnosis of ADHD. According to study reported in Science Daily “If a child is behaving poorly, if he’s inattentive, if he can’t sit still, it may simply be because he’s 5 and the other kids are 6. There’s a big difference between a 5-year-old and a 6-year-old, and teachers and medical practitioners need to take that into account when evaluating whether children have ADHD.”
Symptoms from food sensitivity may mimic ADHD. Here are some examples. For more information please go to www.Mercola.com
Eliminate most grains and sugars from your child’s diet. Grains (especially breads, cereals, chips , cookies) and sugars both tend to cause allergies in sensitive individuals. Even if the grains are organic, whole grain can cause problems in many children so it would be wise to give them a grain vacation and see if their behavior improves.
Replace soft drinks (whether diet and regular), fruit juices, and pasteurized milk with pure, clean non-fluoridated water. While you may believe fruit juices are a healthy option to soda, they aren’t and need to be avoided as strictly as soda does. Vitamins are best obtained through eating fruits and vegetables.
Increase Omega-3 oil by taking high quality animal-based omega-3 oil. Research has confirmed that Omega-3 has been shown to be more effective than stimulant medication like Ritalin and Concerta.
Minimize your use of nearly all processed fats, especially trans fats as they can disrupt nerve cell communication.
Avoid all processed foods, especially those containing artificial colors, flavors and preservatives, which may trigger or worsen symptoms. Artificial dyes have been shown to mimic ADHD symptoms.
Clear your house of dangerous pesticides and other commercial chemicals. Pesticide exposure has been shown to increase symptoms of ADHD.
Avoid commercial washing detergents and cleaning products used on clothes, and replace them with naturally derived cleaning products with no added perfumes, softeners, etc.
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Hungerford Chiropractic & Wellness Center
Serving the greater Grand Rapids area; Standale, Walker, Wyoming, and Grandville
Grand Rapids, MI 49534