Chiropractic Care for ADD & ADHD

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Over 6 million children today have been diagnosed with either ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), making them the most commonly diagnosed pediatric disorders in the states and a very prevalent problem across the nation. However, an ADD or ADHD diagnosis doesn’t have to define your child at home or at school. Chiropractic care has been shown to reduce symptoms of ADD and ADHD so that children can better focus on tasks and experience success in academics and life.

ADD or ADHD Does Not Always Mean Medicate

When a child receives an ADD or ADHD diagnosis, the first response is usually to medicate the child. This is not usually the best option. Medication does not treat the actual problem, but only masks the symptoms. It also comes with potentially harmful side effects that can cause your child to experience a loss of appetite or a complete change in mood. Some parents even report not recognizing their child after giving doses of ADD or ADHD medication because of such drastic changes in moods or personalities. Another major concern of medicating children is that over-medicating a young child could cause addiction tendencies that will carry over into adulthood. Avoid potentially dangerous addiction problems and first give chiropractic a try, as it is a natural and safe method for managing ADD and ADHD in children and adolescents.

ADD and ADHD Are Caused By an Imbalance of Neurotransmitters

Neurotransmitters send messages throughout the brain. With ADD or ADHD, an imbalance of neurotransmitters can lead to the lack of focus, inability to sit still, and reduced impulse control that children with these diagnoses experience. Children diagnosed with ADD or ADHD will carry this diagnosis into adulthood where they could continue to struggle with these symptoms. Without proper management, adults with ADD or ADHD may experience depression, anxiety, or substance abuse. Medication such as Ritalin is a way to manage these symptoms, but it usually leads to fatigue, headaches, constipation, trouble sleeping, or even OCD tendencies that could ultimately affect family life at home or performance in school or the workplace. Before ADD or ADHD leads to health problems or troubles at home or elsewhere, seek chiropractic care from Metairie and Greater New Orleans area chiropractor Dr. Jeff Vitenas.

How a Metairie Chiropractor Can Help

The brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system that controls all other systems in the body. Spinal subluxations block nerve communications between the central nervous system and the rest of the body, causing a myriad of health issues, including ADD or ADHD symptoms. Dr. Jeff Vitenas, a chiropractor serving the areas of Metairie, Kenner, New Orleans, and surrounding cities, can gently adjust the spine and remove any subluxations causing nerve interference. Because ADD and ADHD are caused by an imbalance of neurotransmitters, removing any misalignments will once again allow these neurotransmitters to communicate properly and will restore optimal bodily function, reducing symptoms of ADD and ADHD.

Case studies have been done to show how chiropractic has helped others suffering from a lack of concentration or inability to focus due to ADD or ADHD. In one study, 4 children received regular adjustments over several months and saw vast improvements in learning and social behaviors at school. In another study, an 8-year-old body showed a decrease in ADHD symptoms following chiropractic care. If you have a child with ADD or ADHD or you yourself have adult ADD symptoms, contact Dr. Jeff Vitenas of Enlightened Chiropractic to schedule a consultation today.


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.


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