Vital Chiropractic clinic can benefit you if your child is dealing with ADHD

Chiropractic Care For Children With ADHD

When it comes to helping kids with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), there are different ways to go about it. Most people turn to medicines and behavioral therapies, but many parents are inclined towards chiropractic care because it provides a holistic, drug-free approach to managing ADHD symptoms in children. In this blog post, we’ll explore the benefits and considerations of chiropractic care for children with ADHD.

What is ADHD?

ADHD, or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, is a neurodevelopmental condition commonly observed in children. It is characterized by a persistent pattern of symptoms, including inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. These symptoms can significantly affect a child’s ability to function effectively in various areas of life.

Children with ADHD frequently face more significant challenges in both school and their daily lives when compared to their peers. Starting school can also lead to increased feelings of frustration for them. The approaches schools take in addressing these difficulties can vary significantly from one school to another. Consequently, many parents face difficulties when seeking support.

While there isn’t a cure for ADHD, as a parent of a child with this condition, it’s natural to seek information about its causes and management. Chiropractors can explain the symptoms your child might have and discuss different chiropractic treatments that could address the underlying factors contributing to your child’s ADHD symptoms.

Common Symptoms Of ADHD

The following is a list of some of the common signs of ADHD in children:

  • Inattentiveness
  • Hyperactivity
  • Impulsivity
  • Difficulty in solving problems
  • Challenges in social interactions
  • Lowered self-esteem
  • Communication skills that need improvement

Can a Chiropractor Help a Child with ADHD?

The use of chiropractic care for children with ADHD is an area of ongoing research and discussion. In one case study involving a 7-year-old girl with ADHD, a consistent course of chiropractic care showed positive results. Over an 11-week period, the treatment focused on correcting vertebral subluxation, which is a misalignment of the spine that can disrupt the proper functioning of the nervous system. As a result, the child saw improvements in her behavior, mood, and sleep patterns.

Chiropractic care aims to restore proper spine alignment, potentially enhancing nervous system function, improving communication between the brain and body, and alleviating ADHD symptoms in children.

Chiropractors can also offer the following lifestyle recommendations for children with ADHD to support overall well-being.

Balanced Nutrition: Encourage a well-balanced diet rich in whole foods, including fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Minimize the consumption of sugary snacks, artificial additives, and processed foods.

Adequate Sleep: Ensure your child gets enough sleep each night. Establish a consistent bedtime routine to help with restful sleep.

Regular Exercise: Encourage physical activity, as it can help improve focus and reduce hyperactivity. Activities like swimming, biking, or team sports can be beneficial.

Structured Routine: Establish a structured daily routine that includes designated times for homework, meals, play, and relaxation. Consistency can help children better manage their time and tasks.

Limit Screen Time: Reduce excessive screen time, including television, video games, and computers. Set reasonable time limits and encourage alternative activities that stimulate creativity and physical activity.

Stress Management: Teach stress-reduction techniques such as deep breathing exercises, mindfulness, or yoga to help your child manage stress and anxiety.

Positive Reinforcement: Use a system of rewards and positive reinforcement for good behavior and task completion to motivate and build self-esteem.

Limit Distractions: Create a clutter-free and organized environment at home and school to minimize distractions. Provide a quiet space for homework and study.

Regular Chiropractic Care: Continue regular visits to the chiropractor as part of your child’s holistic approach to managing ADHD symptoms.

Benefits Of Chiropractic Treatment For Children With ADHD

Chiropractic care for ADHD may have benefits like:

  • Decreased fall frequency and improved functional and communicative language skills
  • Reduction in self-harm behaviors
  • Reduced hospitalizations for behavioral problems associated with ADHD
  • Decreased parental anxiety and negative attitudes toward children with ADHD
  • Reduction in behavioral difficulties in school settings
  • Improved communication skills during daily activities
  • Increased parental involvement in the care and treatment of children with ADHD

Can chiropractors help reduce anxiety in parents of children with ADHD?

Many parents of children with ADHD face stress, anxiety, and exhaustion as they navigate the challenges of their child’s condition. However, as parents witness improvements in their child’s behavior, communication skills, and overall well-being, they may start to feel a sense of relief and optimism.

This decrease in anxiety can lead to a more positive attitude toward their child’s ADHD, creating a more supportive and understanding family environment. By addressing both the physical and emotional aspects of managing ADHD, chiropractic care may contribute to better overall family well-being and a more hopeful outlook for parents.


Chiropractors seek to enhance spinal function, improving communication between the brain and body, which could potentially help reduce ADHD symptoms. Although more research is required for a comprehensive understanding of its effectiveness, emerging evidence suggests that chiropractic methods, such as spinal manipulative therapy, might lead to positive changes in ADHD symptoms.

By addressing possible underlying issues and providing lifestyle recommendations, chiropractic care offers a holistic approach to improving the well-being of children with ADHD.

Content Reviewed by
Dr. Belinda Eddy
Doctor Of Chiropractic