A small study group of children suffering from attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, underwent chiropractic care for up to five months in a controlled research project, as reported in a recent issue of "Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing."
Following the study, all the participating children showed marked improvement in their condition.
"Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD as it is commonly known, is characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness," said Chassell-based Chiropractor Jinny Sirard, D.C. "This problem must by diagnosed medically and is usually treated with a combination of psychotherapy and prescription medication. This study gives hope for an alternative course of care."
The subjects of this particular study - four male youths, ranging in age from 9 to 13 years old - began chiropractic care on a three times per week basis for eight weeks, then decreased frequency of visits to twice a week for eight weeks and, thereafter, once per week. The care consisted of spinal manipulation, with the addition of nutritional supplements.
During the course of the chiropractic care, results were checked using a 15-item "ADHD Monitoring System Questionnaire," which has been developed and approved by experts in the field to determine the efficacy of various methods of care. Parents and teachers complete the questionnaire periodically, and their responses are tabulated to show progress, or lack thereof.
According to the published case study, "Our retrospective case series observed continued improvement in only five months of chiropractic care. Regardless, this study provides supporting evidence that chiropractic may abate the symptoms of ADHD and may provide a complementary or alternative care approach to allopathic care approaches (i.e., stimulant medication). The chiropractic perspective in the care of patients with ADHD is not one of 'all or one' (i.e., care results in no effect or complete remission of ADHD), but rather the symptoms of ADHD are abated (i.e., 'like a dimmer for the lights') concomitant with improvement in spinal function."
"This study represents a very preliminary level of findings, and much more research is needed," Dr. Jinny added. "But the results should offer some encouragement for parents of children with ADHD."
Anyone wishing for more information may contact Superior Family Chiropractic. Its office is located at 45070 U.S. 41, Chassell, MI (482-2400).
Editor's note: This article was submitted by Superior Family Chiropractic of Chassell.