ADHD treatment options in conventional medicine are mainly limited to medications. There are some non-pharmacological therapies that may be helpful and have no adverse side effects.
Symptoms of ADHD
The three primary symptoms of ADHD are:
1. Attention deficit
We could describe this as a limited ability to concentrate. The child is usually easily distracted, and it will be difficult to get more than a few minutes of attention.
Continuous motor restlessness. The child does not have the ability to control his or her movements and needs to move all the time.
This symptom can be on two different levels: speech and motor. The child may have some difficulties in speaking or in completing a sentence. Speech therapy is beneficial.
Possible causes of ADHD may include allergies or sensitivities to foods or the environment (chemicals, perfumes, moulds, additives, milk, wheat, etc.), a susceptibility to neurodevelopment toxins (pesticides, heavy metals, plastic, etc.) or a traumatic birth.
ADHD Treatment Options
There is a range of ADHD treatment options available, which are very complementary to one another, that can help your child. These include the following:
1. Speech therapy
Training to help people with speech and language problems to speak more articulately.
Some psychologists specialise in children and youth, working with the specific issues related to ADHD.
3. Cranial Osteopathy and CranioSacral Therapy
Difficulties during gestation (prenatal), problems related to labour and/or delivery, may all compromise the different structures in the head and/or in the spine. They create some trigger points or tensions on the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord (the meninges).
These strains cause pressure and stimulation of specific areas of the brain and may cause to behaviour or concentration issues.
Also, a c-section birth means that the child has been born without experiencing the stress of a natural birth and certain reflexes and processes are not stimulated/ turned on.
How is it possible to affect the skull after birth?
The bones of the skull of a new born are not fused. The head needs to be able to distort during passage through the birth canal and then to grow and expand allowing for the brain to grow.
The skull is not completely formed until 9-18months after birth.
Restrictions due to tensions in the meninges and bones of the skull can impact the development of the brain.
When is it best to bring my child to be treated?
The younger your child is, the more efficient this treatment will be; however, the Osteopath and Craniosacral therapist can still bring improvements in toddlers. They will work with the kids as young as a few days old. Early treatment is very beneficial to make sure that no physical stress or strain within the body could cause any restrictions to the growth and development of the brain.
This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
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