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Understanding ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder

postpartum mother and childDid you know that more than 3 million prescriptions to psychotropic drugs are prescribed each month? This drug is in the same class as serious substances such as heroin and methadone. More than 10 million kids have been diagnosed with ADHD and sensory processing disorder. 1 in 5 diagnosed with ‘Mental Illness’.

How Stress is Linked to These Disorders

When your child is under more stress, you see their symptoms of these conditions increase. Your child is in a fight-or-flight response and their nervous system never gets a break. When it comes to ADHD and sensory processing, kids diagnosed with them don’t have an easy time filtering out irritations. For example, if you’re having a conversation on the street, you can block out the noise of the cars around you. A child with these conditions, however, doesn’t have the same ability.

When our bodies are in this protective fight or flight mode, they cannot grow. That extends to emotional, physical and biochemical growth. The key is in finding out how to slow down the overstimulation your child is experiencing in their environment. In doing so, their body will regain the ability to thrive. First lab in Biochemistry class, illustrated that nature cannot be in growth and protection at the same time.

Giving Your Child Every Advantage

The first step is to recognize which stresses trigger your child. The second step is to make sure their body is in the best possible shape so that their central nervous system can adapt to the sensory input that we constantly receive.

When your nervous system can operate more efficiently, your body can adapt, recover and restore. At Five Parks Chiropractic, we want to help your child reach their full potential. A subluxation or misalignment in the spine will hinder their body’s ability to regulate its own function.

The Signs of ADHD or Sensory Processing Problems

There are several signs that may indicate your child has ADHD or sensory processing issues. During pregnancy, these include

  • A family history of autoimmune issues
  • A stressful pregnancy
  • Pre-term pregnancy
  • Exposure to toxins while pregnant
  • In-utero constraint
  • A traumatic birth

Once your baby is born and begins to grow up, there are further signs you may notice:

  • Colic
  • “Poor plumber” Constipation
  • Reflux
  • Difficulty nursing or sleeping
  • Ear infections
  • Sinus infections
  • Frequently on antibiotics
  • Eating dairy, sugar and processed foods
  • “Raging bull” – hyperactivity and constant movement
  • “Drunken bull” – Poor balance and coordination

Why Finding the Cause is Essential

We want to find the source of your child’s problems rather than looking to cover up their symptoms with a medication. By finding the cause, we can start to look for the right solution. Contact us today to schedule your child’s first appointment!

Dr. Jim Roles

james-rolesWhen he isn’t seeing patients and educating them about changing their lifestyle, you can find Dr. Jim doing yard work or in his garage building furniture, which is his constant side project. Stop by the office to learn more about healthy choices that can change your family’s life!

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