ADD/ADHD: Holistic and Natural Approaches - Craniosacral Therapy

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Craniosacral therapy can have a profoundly positive effect on brain and spinal cord function. It has been used successfully in the treatment of ADD and ADHD since 1975. Our clinical experience suggests that structural restrictions in the body, especially in the bones and membrane layers surrounding the brain and spinal cord, may be the primary factor in a significant number of such cases. These restrictions can interfere with the normal movement of fluids and vital nutrients into and out of the brain— nutrients that enable the brain to function properly.

In a gentle manner, craniosacral therapy can help release restrictions to naturally enhance brain function, decrease levels of ADD and ADHD, and in many cases, alleviate the disorders altogether. Sometimes stressful physical events such as the birth process, trauma or whiplash can cause the base of the skull to jam forward on the top segment of the spine. When this occurs, it places strain on the bones at the base of the skull and the membrane layers within the skull, especially in the area that forms the fluid-drainage openings. The neck muscles also chronically contract to prevent further jamming. This often will maintain the compromised positions of bone and membrane, even for a lifetime. This gentle, hands-on method of care is highly effective in relieving adverse strain patterns and restrictions, thereby enhancing the movement of fluid throughout the brain, spinal cord and the body as a whole. The stronger fluid motion helps brain cells receive normal levels of essential nutrients so they can function efficiently and in synchrony with other cells. It also creates a brain environment that is constantly flushed of waste products and toxic irritants. When the stress of compromised fluid flow is relieved, the areas of the brain that have been overactive and/or underactive can normalize.

John Upledger, DO, OMM and Tad Wanveer, LMT, CST-D, Reprinted with permission of the Upledger Institute.


Psychiatrist Peter Breggin, M.D., wrote, “Hyperactivity is the most frequent justification for drugging children. The difficult- to-control male child is certainly not a new phenomenon, but attempts to give him a medical diagnosis are the product of modern psychology and psychiatry. At first psychiatrists called hyperactivity a brain disease. When no brain disease could be found, they changed it to ‘minimal brain disease.’ When no minimal brain disease could be found the profession transformed the concept into ‘minimal brain dysfunction.’ When no minimal brain dysfunction could be demonstrated, the label became attention deficit disorder. Now it’s just assumed to be a real disease, regardless of the failure to prove it so. Biochemical © / Sebastian Meckelmann imbalance is the code word, but there’s no more evidence for that than there is for actual brain disease.”

While chiropractors do not “treat” ADD or ADHD, the effects of chiropractic care on children diagnosed with learning disorders and hyperactivity have been described in a growing body of scholarly publications. A study published in 1975 compared chiropractic care to drug treatment in children with learning and behavioral impairments due to neurological dysfunction. It was reported that chiropractic care “was more effective for the wide range of symptoms common in the neurological dysfunction syndrome in which thirteen symptom or problem areas were considered.” The study’s authors, E.V. Walton and Walter T. Brzozowski, also reported that chiropractic care was 24 percent more effective than commonly used medications.

Every child with a vertebral subluxation needs chiropractic care, regardless of whether symptoms are present. By correcting nerve interference, function is improved, with greater expression of human potential. Many families report terminating drug therapy and then seeing the personality, will and soul of the child unfold. As Maria Montessori wrote, “It is easy to substitute our will for that of the child by means of suggestion or coercion; but when we have done this we have robbed him of his greatest right, the right to construct his own personality.”

Christopher Kent, DC,

Pathways Issue 25 CoverThis article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #25.

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