Learning Disabilities (ADHD, ADD)

"Chiropractors correct abnormalities of the intellect as well as those of the body."

-Quote from D.D. Palmer, Founder of Chiropractic


Today, one out of every six children in America has a chronic illness such as:

  • Dyslexia
  • ADD [Attention Deficit Disorder]
  • ADHD [ADD with Hyperactivity]
  • Minor brain damage, convulsions
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Depression, manic-depressive disorder
  • Autism, Asperger syndrome
  • Asthma2

For children with ADHD, the symptoms often last until adult age. Between 6.5 and 9 million adults in the U.S.A. have this disorder.1.

Medical treatment

According to Peter Breggin, MD, the drugs used with these developmental disorders are questionable.3. Ritalin can lead, among other things, to behavioral disorders, psychoses, manias, impaired growth and addiction. Side effects such as loss of appetite, dizziness, insomnia, weight loss, headaches and moodiness or listlessness can appear. The drugs that are administered to hyperactive children to relieve this attention deficit can frequently elicit the same problems that they are supposed to treat: inattention, jumpiness and impulsiveness.

The chiropractic approach

For decades, American case studies4, 5, 6, 7 have reported the effectiveness of chiropractic care for children with many kinds of illnesses.


Does chiropractic care improve brain function?

The American studies also found evidence to support:

  • an increase of blood supply to the brain8
  • decreased anxiety
  • an increase of well being and brain function

Chiropractic adjustment seems to bring nerve reflexes and complex neurological mechanisms in the spinal cord into balance.


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Pediatric asthmatic patients and chiropractic care


Breggin, P.R.: "Psychostimulants in the treatment of children diagnosed with ADHD"
International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine 12 (1999) 3–35


Stone-McCoy, P.a.: "Chiropractic Management of a Child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder & Vertebral Subluxation"
J. Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – March 1, 2009


Borcean, N.: "Resolution of Ataxia in a Pediatric Patient Undergoing Subluxation-Based Chiropractic Care"
J. Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health - April 20, 2009


Alcantara, J.: "Chiropractic Care of a Patient with Dystocia & Pelvic Subluxation"
J. Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health - February 1, 2009


Brown,C.D.: "Improved Hearing and Resolution of Otitis Media with Effusion Following Chiropractic Care to Reduce Vertebral Subluxation"
J. Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – March 25, 2009


Scott, R.M.: "The Impact of Chiropractic Adjustments on Intracranial Blood Flow: A Pilot Study"
J. Vertebral Subluxation Res. May 21, 2007