December 17, 2010 — Dr. Yannick Pauli, president of the Swiss Chiropractic Pediatric Association, has authored research that concludes that chiropractic care may benefit adults with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
After two months of chiropractic care, those in the study group experienced a significant improvement in their TOVA scores as well as a normalizing of their ADHD symptoms.
The study titled, “Improvement in Attention in Patients Undergoing Network Spinal Analysis: An instance Series Utilizing Objective Measures of Attention,” was published within the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Study.
Pauli monitored nine adults (four men and five women with an average age of 40 years) who displayed many the signs of ADHD. Each underwent care referred to as Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) two times a week for two months.
“NSA is a holistic method of wellness and body awareness,” explained Dr. David Russ, a Wilmington-based chiropractor. “The study group received gentle adjustments and low-force touch towards the spine that eliminated inner and outer tensions, thereby promoting all around health. The patients had been also educated about their bodies. Basically by improving their diet, exercising and adopting an optimistic mental lifestyle, they found that they themselves could improve in their overall health and well-being,” added Russ.
The degree of each patient’s ADHD disorder was established using the Test of Variable of Attention (TOVA). This test ended once prior to the study began, 30 days into chiropractic adjustments, and again following the two-month study. “TOVA is a 22-minute continuous, interactive personal computer test that measures the response times of its participants to changing visuals on screen,” said Russ. “This test doesn’t trigger a learning effect; as a result, re-testing doesn’t alter the test scores’ overall outcome, making TOVA a trusted means of repeatedly measuring an individual’s extent of ADHD,” he clarified.
After eight weeks of chiropractic care, those who work in the study group experienced a substantial improvement within their TOVA scores in addition to a normalizing of their ADHD symptoms.
“The NSA approach not just enabled these individuals suffering from ADHD to consider charge of their very own health, however, it measurably improved the number and scope of the attention span and reaction time in addition to their motor control, memory and alertness,” noted Russ.
“Attention is the cognitive process of selectively focusing on 1 factor, although ignoring other things,” writes Pauli. “Spinal adjustments can benefit individuals with this disorder, because there is a neurological correlation between spinal subluxation and an impaired functioning of areas of the brain, particularly the vermal region of the cerebellum, which regulates attention and other cognitive responses,” continued Pauli.
“These findings offer aspire to all those — children and adults — struggling with ADHD, an illness that can have devastating consequences on the lives, which range from a rise in accidents to poor performances in college and work. The results are clinically considerable and offer proof as to the positive impact that chiropractic care has on the performance from the human body – such as correct thinking processes. Even the subtlest spinal adjustments carry tremendous physical, psychological and neurological benefits,” summarized Russ.
“And, paired with lifestyle changes, we can all significantly enhance our health,” he concluded.
Source: Russ Chiropractic, www.russchiro.com