How can chiropractic care help a child with ADHD?


Does your child find it hard to pay attention?  Do they often move around during times when they shouldn’t, act impulsively, or interrupt others?

If such issues are ongoing and seem to be impacting your child’s daily life, they likely are dealing with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Let’s look at, what ADHD really is, what are its symptoms and how chiropractic care can support a child with ADHD.

What is ADHD?

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition in children that causes a lack of control, lack of attention and hyperactivity. It is a common neurodevelopmental disorder that typically appears in early childhood, usually before the age of seven. It is a challenge that is deeply rooted in the nervous system. If the brain and nervous system are sensing stressful information, the body is going to have a stressful response, it will get stuck in a survival mode until that sensory input changes.

It’s normal for kids to be distracted, restless, impatient, or impulsive. These things don’t always mean that a child has ADHD. But some kids don’t get much better at paying attention, settling down, listening, or waiting. When these things continue and begin to cause problems at school, home, and with friends, it may be ADHD. Life with a child with ADHD can be frustrating and overwhelming, but as a parent, there is a lot you can do to help control symptoms, overcome daily challenges, and bring greater calm to your family. Children who can’t focus and control themselves may struggle in school, get into frequent trouble, and find it hard to get along with others. These frustrations and difficulties can lead to low self-esteem as well as stress for the whole family.

Symptoms of ADHD?

All kids struggle at times to pay attention, listen and follow directions, or sit still. But for kids with ADHD, the struggles are harder and happen more often. ADHD symptoms can be mild, moderate or severe and may continue into adulthood. Some of the common signs and symptoms of ADHD in children are:

  • Trouble focusing on activities
  • Is often easily distracted
  • Have difficulty waiting for his or her turn
  • Forget or lose things a lot
  • Talk excessively
  • Have difficulty getting along with others
  • Frequently running around
  • Poor academic performance
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Experiencing increased frustration and emotional sensitivity
  • Have trouble staying organized, planning ahead, and finishing projects.
  • Often interrupt others

Does chiropractic care help with ADHD?

While there isn’t an outright cure for ADHD, there is a holistic and natural way to treat, manage, and alleviate many of the symptoms of this frustrating condition – Chiropractic care. Chiropractic care can absolutely help kids manage their ADHD as it offers a whole-body approach to wellness and that can help ADHD symptoms as well. 

Chiropractic care for ADHD can help by regulating the nervous system. The adjustments takes our nervous system out of a “gas pedal” or fight/flight sympathetic state, and helps to activate the “brake pedal” portion of the nervous system (Parasympathetic nervous system), that is involved in sleep, digestion, focus, relaxation, immune function, etc. By calming the nervous system, it “pumps the brakes” and leads to better focus and concentration, helps with emotional control, relaxation, and sleep.


You know how challenging life can be for your ADHD child and your family. Let us help you turn ADHD into a bridge rather than a barrier for your child! Create a healthy, happy life for your child as early as you can by incorporating chiropractic care into their wellness routine. At Blossom Family Chiropractic, we aim to help you have the best chance to optimize your health and well-being. We would love the opportunity to help you and your family achieve optimal health. 

As one of St. Petersburg, Orlando, and Maitland Florida’s leading Pediatric and Family chiropractors, we’re always striving to provide you and your family with the best care and experience. If you are looking for prenatal, infant, or family chiropractic care – contact us to schedule an appointment, we can’t wait to help your family!

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