The chiropractic care of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: a retrospective case series
A ChiroSecure Research Update
Abstract: The aim of this review was to describe the chiropractic care of children with medically diagnosed ADHD.
Discussion: All patients were males, ranging in age from nine to 13 years (mean age, 10 years), with three patients having a history of medication use and two patients having prescribed medication at the start of chiropractic care. Using a 15-item parent/teacher ADHD questionnaire, the patients’ responses to chiropractic care were monitored.
Using the Friedman test to compare observations repeated on the same subjects, our findings found improvement in ADHD symptoms (ie, hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattentiveness, as well as behavioral, social, or emotional difficulties) and provide supporting evidence on the effectiveness of chiropractic in the treatment of children with ADHD.
Conclusion: A retrospective case series of ADHD patients under chiropractic care is described. This provides supporting evidence on the benefits of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy. We encourage further research in this area.
Reference: Alcantara J, Davis J. The chiropractic care of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: a retrospective case series. Explore (NY). 2010 May-Jun;6(3):173-82. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2010.02.001. PMID: 20451152. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20451152/