Rhythmic Movement Training is a movement based, primitive (infant or neonatal) reflex integration program that may help reduce ADHD symptoms.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is characterised by symptoms including inattention, hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour. These symptoms are associated with learning, behavioural and emotional problems. ADHD affects mostly children and some adults.
Symptoms of ADHD
An individual who: wanders off task, lacks persistence, has difficulty sustaining focus, and is disorganised. These problems are not due to defiance or lack of comprehension.
An individual who seems to move about constantly, even in situations where this behaviour is not appropriate. For example excessively fidgets, taps, or talks. In adults, it may be extreme restlessness or need for constant activity.
An individual who can be reckless and appear impatient, and often disinhibited in social situations. They may find it difficult to wait, intruding on or interrupting others’ activities and blurting out answers to a question before it has been completed.
Primitive reflexes are automatic stereotypic movements directed from the brain stem. They are needed for survival and development in the womb and the early months of life. As a child transitions frequently into adulthood these reflexes disappear due to the development of the frontal lobes.
Rhythmic Movement Training
Rhythmic movement training involves gentle rocking and reflex integration movements that stimulate neural pathways and promote learning, emotional development, balance and ease of movement. A pilot study published in the journal of Complementary Therapies in Nursing and Midwifery showed that rhythmic therapy may be helpful in reducing some symptoms of ADHD.
Osteopathic treatment is a precise, gentle and restorative manipulative therapy that can incorporate rhythmic movement training and may assist with ADHD.
For best results, osteopathic treatment should be carried out at as young an age as possible, while the body is still very malleable and ongoing growth can be influenced, and thus symptoms can be significantly improved. The younger the child, the quicker birth stresses may be resolved with treatment.
This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
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