Many learning disorders, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), stem from neurological conditions caused by brain dysfunction or stress. When a child’s brain is under stress and not functioning optimally, it can lead to various challenges, including learning disabilities. Identifying the root cause of these conditions is crucial to finding effective solutions. In this blog post, we will explore the link between upper cervical spine alignment and brain function, and how specialized chiropractic care can help children with ADHD unlock their true potential.
How Can we Recognize the Symptoms of ADHD / ADD?
Children struggling with ADHD or ADD stem from brain function and information processing. Some children may exhibit several symptoms, including:
Primary inattentive type ADHD is the closest to ADD. In order to receive a diagnosis, a person must be suffering no fewer than 6 of these symptoms:
• Makes careless mistakes or doesn’t pay attention to details
• Frequently struggles to maintain attention
• Frequently struggles to organize activities or tasks
• Regularly fails to follow through on projects or instructions provided
• Frequently loses items that are vital to accomplishing activities or tasks
• Forgetful regarding normal daily activities
• Easily distracted
• Reluctant to get involved with anything requiring sustained mental effort
• Often does not seem to be listening during a conversation
Primary hyperactive-impulsive type ADHD is
probably what you usually think of first when a person has ADHD. At least 6 symptoms must be present for a diagnosis:
• Squirms or fidgets
• Interrupts others
• Struggles to wait for his or her turn
• Leaves the room when expected to remain seated (i.e., in a classroom or business meeting)
• Climbs on things or runs around in inappropriate situations
• Struggles to play quietly or enjoy quiet leisure activities (i.e., reading)
• Always seems to be on the go
• Blurts out responses
• Excessive speaking
The third type of ADHD is a combined type which involves having a mix of at least 6 symptoms from the two above types. These symptoms can make it difficult for a child to succeed academically in school or socially with others. It can have similar debilitating effects when it comes to holding down a job or having good relationships as an adult. It is important to learn what may be at the root of this neurological condition so as to address it.
Clearly, these symptoms of ADHD or ADD can make it difficult for a child to succeed academically in school or even socially with others. It can have similar debilitating effects when it comes to holding down a job or having good relationships as an adult. Therefore, it is important to learn what may be at the root of this neurological condition to address it.
How is the Spine Related?
At Revive Upper Cervical Chiropractic in Cranberry Twp, we focus on the top two bones in the neck could be the very region you need to focus on to get help for ADHD. Why? Misalignments in this area (C1 and C2) can exert pressure on the brainstem, disrupting its proper function and affecting the transmission of messages to and from the brain, potentially leading to neurological problems.
The spine in general, but especially the upper neck, is extremely important to brain development and the ability of a student to focus and learn. How can that be? The answers lie in the top two bones in the neck, the Atlas (C1) and Axis (C2).
The C1 and C2 protect the sensitive area where the brainstem meets the spinal cord. Even the slightest of misalignments in this area can cause stress to the brain at this level and inhibit proper function. Since all of the messages traveling to and from the brain travel through here, it can lead to various neurological issues.
Blood Flow to the Brain
The cervical vertebrae have tiny loops of bone called vertebral foramen. These loops of bone provide safe passage for the vertebral arteries which bring oxygen-rich blood to the brain. A misalignment can inhibit this proper flow of blood and keep the brain from getting all of the oxygen it needs for proper function.
Cerebrospinal Fluid Drainage
When an upper cervical misalignment inhibits the cerebrospinal fluid drainage, it can start to pool. This may, in turn, lead to increased intracranial pressure. This can cause mental fog and headaches and slow the brain down.
Children with ADD or ADHD can face significant obstacles in their academic and social lives due to neurological challenges. Addressing the root cause of these conditions is crucial to unlocking their full potential. The Revive Upper Cervical Chiropractors in Cranberry Twp offer a gentle and precise solution, aligning the upper neck to promote optimal brain function. If you know someone struggling with focus or learning disorders, especially those with a history of head or neck trauma, consider consulting a certified upper cervical chiropractor. By addressing spinal alignment issues, we can pave the way for a brighter future for these children, helping them thrive academically and beyond.
A Gentle and Specific Solution:
In order to relieve these changes and give the body proper time to heal, it is vital to have the misalignments corrected in a very precise manner. That is where upper cervical chiropractic care comes into play.
The Revive Upper Cervical Chiropractors in Cranberry Twp are experts in upper neck alignment. Imaging methods are used to pinpoint even the tiniest of misalignments. Then, low-force adjustments are applied to correct these misalignments in a very precise manner. The result is a long-lasting correction that gives the body time to heal from any changes that took place due to the misalignment. Blood can flow properly, the brainstem may be restored to proper function, and cerebrospinal fluid can begin draining properly once again.
If you know of someone suffering from difficulty focusing or any of the many types of learning disorders, especially if they have a history of head or neck trauma, they are a good candidate for this natural form of care. Very often the first trauma is the process of birth! It is best to have an examination performed by a certified upper cervical chiropractor to see if there is a spinal alignment problem holding a child or an adult back.
At the Revive Upper Cervical Chiropractic clinic in Cranberry Twp, we offer a complimentary consultation and screening process to determine how we can help. If friends and family live out of town, please let us so we offer the best referral options.
If you are in or around the Cranberry Township area and are looking for a resource to help you or a child in your life with maybe trouble focusing, fatigue, mental fog, or other learning disorders. In that case, The Revive Upper Cervical Chiropractors in Cranberry Twp Our practice is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9 am to 6 pm; Wednesday from 1 pm to 6 pm. You can also drop by on Fridays between 9 am to 12 noon.
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