Chiropractic and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

The latest research suggests an increase in the prevalence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in both children and adults.  This increase seems to be a global phenomenon not confined to one region or country.  The cause appears to be multifaceted and some literature attributes genetics, second hand smoke, lead, food coloring or additives among the causes or risk factors.  A systematic review by the Department of Chiropractic, Faculty of Science, Macquarie University noted that “Psychostimulants are first line of therapy for paediatric and adolescent AD/HD. The evidence suggests that up to 30% of those prescribed stimulant medications do not show clinically significant outcomes. In addition, many children and adolescents experience side-effects from these medications.” 

Currently only low level research exists, much of which is case reports that provide support for chiropractic management of ADHD.  Anecdotal reports suggest a potentially significant role for chiropractic management of the disorder.  With the rising rate of ADHD this is a fertile area for future chiropractic research and yet another reason to increase support of the profession’s research efforts.

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