November 27

Natural Treatment for ADD and ADHD

About Upper Cervical Chiropractic


Natural Treatment for ADD and ADHD

ADD And Upper Neck Injury

The number of children being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, has increased 53 percent in the past decade, and today, nearly one in five high school boys has received a diagnosis, according to a report in The New York Times and data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Those are astronomical numbers. I’m floored,” Dr. William Graf, a pediatric neurologist in New Haven told The Times.

Approximately two-thirds of those diagnosed receive prescriptions for drugs like Ritalin or Adderall, which have been shown to improve academic performance and behavior for those with ADHD – but they can also increase levels of addiction and anxiety.

The cost of frequent prescription refills, doctor visits, counseling sessions, and academic assistance for children diagnosed with ADHD can add up for families and taxpayers. A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found that the total spending on ADHD ranges from $143 billion to $266 billion a year, and the direct annual costs for treatment are estimated to be $1,574 per person, plus $2,278 a year for family members when indirect costs like productivity losses are taken into account. Those with ADHD can also have higher general health care costs. For example, one mother mentioned in a New York Times story last year had all of her children on ADHD treatment drugs, as well as a nightly sleep medication to counteract the effects.(1)

Neck Trauma can Cause ADD and ADHD

Birth Process May Have Caused Upper Neck Misalignment

The birth process is a blend of compression, contractions, torques, and traction. When fetal size, presentation, or neurologic immaturity complicates this event, such intrapartum forces may lead to tissue damage, edema, hemorrhage, or fracture in the neonate. The use of obstetric instrumentation may further amplify the effects of such forces or may induce injury alone. Under certain conditions, cesarean delivery can be an acceptable alternative but does not guarantee an injury-free birth. Factors predisposing to injury include the following:

  • Prima gravida
  • Cephalopelvic disproportion, small maternal stature, maternal pelvic anomalies
  • Prolonged or rapid labor
  • Deep, transverse arrest of descent of presenting part of the fetus
  • Oligohydramnios
  • Abnormal presentation (breech)
  • Use of midcavity forceps or vacuum extraction
  • Versions and extractions
  • Very ̶ low-birth-weight infant or extreme prematurity
  • Fetal macrosomia
  • Large fetal head
  • Fetal anomalies (2)


The top two bones of the spine C1(Atlas) and C2(Axis) are the most moveable segments in the spine, and are the most susceptible to misalignment. The birth process has long been a serious source of trauma to the upper cervical spine.  There is plenty of evidence that ADD has its roots in abnormal brain activity. The question is: What causes the abnormal brain activity? Upper Cervical Doctors have known for years that many ADD/ADHD patients drastically improve the following correction of the upper cervical spine. Research conducted by Michael Flannagan D.C. using upright MRI shows evidence that a misaligned Atlas (C-1) causes reduced CSF (Cerebrospinal fluid) flow and blood flow to the cerebral hemispheres. 3

C1, C2 and CSF Flow

The frontal lobe contains most of the dopamine-sensitive neurons in the cerebral cortex. The dopamine system is associated with reward, attention, short-term memory tasks, planning, and motivation. Dopamine tends to limit and select sensory information arriving from the thalamus to the forebrain.

While this research is ongoing, it may shed light on an underlying cause for people with cognitive problems. Lack of blood flow to the cerebral hemispheres due to an atlas misalignment can be one underlying cause of ADD/ADHD symptoms.

Natural Treatment for ADD and ADHD

Blair Upper Cervical and ADD

Blair Upper Cervical is a health care procedure with the goal of locating and correcting spinal misalignments in the neck. There is mounting evidence that upper neck misalignments interfere with normal nervous system function. These interferences can present with various symptoms that many healthcare providers simply mask with medication.

When a patient visits a Blair Upper Cervical Doctor a complete history is taken. The patient is then run through a series of objective tests that determine if the patient suffers from Upper Cervical Spine misalignment. If the testing indicates there is nervous system interference, then a set of precise x-rays are taken. The x-rays visualize the joints between the head and neck to measure direction and magnitude of the misalignment. The information received from these tests help the doctor make a custom tailored correction. The goal of Blair Upper Cervical Care is for the correction to “hold” as long as possible. When the spinal segment returns to its normal position and “holds,” it allows the body to function better.

Many different conditions respond to Blair upper cervical care. The medical approach to many of these conditions is to just treat the symptoms. The Blair Upper Cervical approach relies on the fact that the body is self-healing and self-regulating. If neural interference is removed, then better function ensues. Nature needs no help, just no interference!




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