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Attention ADHD Families: Has your doctor ever told you about a Medication Break?!

Are you, as parents, seeking alternatives to ADHD medications for your child? Do you worry about their long-term effects on your child's health and development? Have you considered a "drug holiday" during summer to allow your child's brain and nervous system to recuperate? You're on the right path because there are indeed natural, drug-free options to help manage your child's ADHD symptoms.


Over 6 million children in the United States are diagnosed with ADHD, with many prescribed stimulant medications. Although these drugs may be effective short-term, they carry potential side effects, including sleep disturbances, decreased appetite, and even heart issues. No wonder you might be exploring alternative ways to support your child's health.

Every summer, we eagerly anticipate helping children struggling with ADHD. The relaxed atmosphere of summer, free from early mornings, school routines, and homework stress, can foster quicker healing. For families considering a ‘medication break’ during these warm, sunny months, it's the perfect time to explore natural and holistic alternatives, potentially having a greater impact than during the more frenetic, medicated seasons.



The Root Cause of ADHD

The root cause of ADHD often lies in neurological dysfunction and imbalances within the brain and nervous system. Factors such as fertility treatments, maternal stress, birth interventions, and infant challenges (like colic, reflux, constipation) can contribute to its development. A dysregulated nervous system, marked by an overactive sympathetic (gas pedal) response and an underactive parasympathetic (brake pedal) response, plays a pivotal role in ADHD. Subluxation, a state of recurring stress and tension in the nervous system, further hampers neurological function, affecting bodily processes and neurotransmitter balance.


ADHD medications do not tackle these underlying issues; they only suppress the symptoms. By taking a break from these medications during summer or holidays, you can give your child's body an opportunity to reset and heal naturally, without the interference of drugs and their side effects.


During a "drug holiday," it's essential to focus on lifestyle factors that can support your child's health and development.


These include:

  • Ensuring your child gets adequate sleep

  • Providing a nutrient-dense diet

  • Encouraging regular physical activity and outdoor play

  • Practicing stress-reduction techniques like mindfulness and deep breathing.


While these lifestyle adjustments can help soothe and regulate your child's nervous system, they may not suffice on their own.

The Power of Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care

Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care plays a key role in managing ADHD symptoms. Chiropractic adjustments restore balance and function to the nervous system, improving sleep, focus, attention, and behavioral and emotional regulation. Addressing the root cause of ADHD symptoms, chiropractic care can reduce the need for long-term medications.


The nervous system is crucial in regulating a child's "fight or flight" response and their ability to "rest, digest, and regulate." A struggle with focus and regulation between the "gas pedal" and the "brake pedal" often signals a need for attention to the nervous system. Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care helps the nervous system adapt and regulate, so a child doesn't stay stuck on the gas 24/7.


Parents have the power to manage their child's health and well-being. If you're ready for a natural approach to manage your child's ADHD symptoms, we can help!

At Radiant Waves Chiropractic, we specialize in helping children with ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders thrive without medication. Our approach focuses on helping the nervous system adapt and regulate, preventing your child from constantly running on overdrive. Our doctors are trained to identify and address the underlying causes of your child's symptoms, setting them up for success both inside and outside the classroom.


If you're curious how chiropractic care can support your child during a “drug holiday” and beyond, please reach out to Radiant Waves Chiropractic today! If you are not local to us, you can find a PX Doc office near you in the PX Docs directory.


This summer, help your child unlock their full potential for an unforgettable summer!



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