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Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy


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Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I had a difficult time. I've always had trouble with my back, and the weight gain threw me off balance and made me experience a lot of pain. I was so uncomfortable all of the time that I couldn't even get through a day of work. I finally decided to go see a chiropractor that a coworker recommended. I was very nervous -- I'd heard about having your back cracked, and it sounded scary to me. The chiropractor did manipulate my back, but he was very gentle, and it didn't hurt at all. In fact, it helped. So did the massage table in his office. Without that care, I don't know how I would have gotten through the rest of the pregnancy. I decided to start a blog to help other women learn how chiropractic care can help them through a difficult pregnancy.

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Consider Chiropractic Therapy For Improving Your Child's ADHD Symptoms

You recently heard that chiropractic care can help youngsters with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Does that actually make any sense? You thought chiropractors mainly help people with back and neck pain. Research is still limited on the subject of chiropractic therapy for ADHD, but the evidence so far is promising.

The Role of Dopamine

An abnormally low level of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain is associated with ADHD. A sufficient level of dopamine is important in the brain areas involved with reward and pleasure, as well the areas associated with regulating behavior and emotion.

Without enough dopamine, the individual needs extra stimulation to produce the welcome sensations of pleasure and reward, and he doesn't have good control over emotional responses. That can lead to a temper tantrum over a situation that would only be slightly irritating to another child.

Why Would Chiropractic Care Improve ADHD?

The theory is that realigning the spine into proper position improves nerve signal transmission after these signals have been restricted, thus freeing up more dopamine in the brain. This reduces the person's compelling need for excessive stimulation.

But how would your youngster have developed a misaligned spine? Perhaps the child experienced an incident he or she never told you about. Maybe there was an episode of falling off a bike or playground equipment, or taking a rough tackle during a football game.

Relevant Research

An article that appeared in 2010 reviewed four case studies of boys diagnosed with ADHD by a doctor. These kids received chiropractic treatment for at least five months. The youngest was nine years of age and the oldest 13.

The research found that chiropractic therapy was effective at improving symptoms such as hyperactivity, attention problems and social difficulties for these youngsters. It must be noted that the boys also received nutritional supplements as part of their therapy.

Another article reviewed one case study of a five-year-old boy who showed improvements in ADHD symptoms after a year of chiropractic treatment. The child had appointments three times per week for about 12 weeks and then two times per week afterward.

Potential Benefits

If the treatment is successful, your youngster will show significant improvements in areas such as impulsive behavior, outbursts of anger, hyperactivity and difficulty concentrating. He or she may be able to avoid taking prescription medication or reduce the current dosage. Contact a chiropractor in your area and explain the reasons you'd like to set an appointment for your youngster with ADHD.