Does Chiropractic Help Those With ADHD?

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ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is becoming more prevalent across the nation as 6 million children show symptoms of ADHD.  For this reason, it is the most common pediatric disorder.  However, this disorder is often over-diagnosed and children are quickly becoming over-medicated since medication is the popular solution to an ADHD diagnosis.  While seeking a solution and a change in a child’s behavior, parents quickly turn to medication to fix the problem.  However, medication for ADHD does not address the root of the problem and comes with potentially harmful side effects, like loss of appetite or change in moods.  Another problem with prescription medication is that children who are over=medicated when they’re young turn into adults who are also over-medicated. This leads to not only unhealthy, medicine-dependent adults, but can also lead to potentially dangerous addiction issues.  Chiropractic has been shown to significantly improve quality of life and symptoms in children and adults with ADHD.  Consider this natural, safe option for managing ADHD symptoms.

What Is ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a compulsive disorder usually due to imbalances of neurotransmitters.  These neurotransmitters send messages between the neurons in the brain.  ADHD affects children, usually carries over into adulthood, and seems to affect males more often than females.  This mental health condition causes children to struggle to sit still, affects their ability to concentrate, and reduces their ability to control impulses.  When ADHD carries into adulthood, it can lead to depression, substance abuse, anxiety, and other health issues in addition to ADHD.  Medication such as Ritalin can help, but it comes with side effects such as fatigue, nausea, trouble sleeping, headaches, constipation, OCD tendencies, a zombie-like emotional state, and a myriad of other problems.  Instead of turning to medication and risking the side effects, first seek care from a Bentonville chiropractor for a natural way to improve your child’s life.

How Can Chiropractic Alleviate ADHD Symptoms?

The central nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord, controls all the body’s systems.  Chiropractic adjustments from a Bentonville chiropractor can alleviate subluxations (spinal misalignments) that interfere with nerve communication.  Because ADHD is caused by an imbalance of neurotransmitters, removing spinal misalignments will allow the neurotransmitters to once again properly send messages between the neurons.  Correcting misalignments with gentle adjustments and restoring nerve communication ensures optimal function of all the body’s systems, which in turn allows for better concentration and an ability to control impulses leading to a decrease in ADHD symptoms.  In a case study done on 4 children with ADHD, each received consisted chiropractic adjustments over a period of several months and saw significant improvements in ADHD behaviors.  Another study of an 8-year-old boy with ADHD showed a decrease in ADHD symptoms as well as improvements in learning and social interactions following chiropractic care.  Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela wants to help your child achieve an overall healthier body and a better quality of life through alleviating symptoms of ADHD.

What Are the Next Steps?

Knowing that chiropractic adjustments are a natural and beneficial way to manage ADHD symptoms, what should your next step be?  Seek chiropractic care from Arbor Vitae Chiropractic and schedule an appointment to receive gentle, specific adjustments to restore nerve communication.  Whether you are an adult with ADHD or have a child with ADHD symptoms, Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Niemela can help you find success.  Contact us today for more information about how Arbor Vitae Chiropractic can help.




Hodgson, N., Vaden, C. “Improvement in Signs and Symptoms of ADHD and Functional Outcomes in Four Children Receiving Torque Release Chiropractic: A Case Series.” Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 2014 April: 55-79.

Zielinski, E., BA, DC, MPH, BA, & Mankal, K., DC. (September 15, 2014). “An Epidemiological Approach to the Effects of Subluxation-Based Chiropractic Care on the Management of ADHD, Depression and Learning Disabilities in an 8-Year Old: A Case Study.” Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 153-160.