As a chiropractor, we are looking to see where there is interference in the nervous system and how this interference is affecting the nerve communication in someone's body. This interference can create problems such as numbness, pain, organ dysfunction and more as the nervous system controls the healthy function of every cell, tissue, organ and system in our body. For people suffering from ADHD, I will evaluate the patient's entire body and nervous system to look for areas that could be affecting the communication between the body and the brain. Chiropractic is designed to look for, identify and remove this interference.
My goal for a patient with ADHD is to remove any interference so that more of the normal nerve information is actually making it back to the brain. Unfortunately, as we are dealing with a central nervous system problem with brain involvement, it's not as easy as to say just remove the interference in the body and every patient will be cured. The reality is that we don't know for sure if the treatment will help that specific patient. I'd say that in my practice, I would see a significant favorable result in more than 80% of the patients I treated where ADHD was a concern. Of the 80% that did have improvement, it varied by patient on the level of improvement. Some patients still had some symptoms of ADHD, but their behavior, concentration, and focus would improve. Other patients had the symptoms completely disappear. The amount of improvement ultimately depends on the patient's own body and root cause of their ADHD.
In my practice, when I have an ADHD patient, I will perform an initial evaluation to check if there could be areas of their body causing nerve interference. Based on my evaluation and history, if I feel like I could help, I will have the patient come in for a short course of treatment, typically 2 times a week for 4 weeks. (This is just a general suggestion and varies based on the actual patient's condition). But this initial course of treatment is to see how the patient responds to care. I'm looking to see if there are any changes in the patients behavior or symptoms. If there is no change or mild change then I discuss with the patient/parent on whether to stop treatment, refer the patient to another specialist or modify the treatment for a second trial. If there is a favorable response then we will have the patient continue with their treatment to correct and stabilize their problems.
Sorry for the long post, but I hope this helps.
As a side note on finding a chiropractor to help you out, I'd ask the front office when you call if that chiropractor works with children and then ask if they work with ADHD. You should get an answer that will make you feel comfortable going there, if any red flags pop up then call someone else. Chiropractors are like any doctor. Some specialize in children, some in sports injuries, some focus on disk conditions, etc. I work in a family practice that is used to seeing children and our clinic is designed to be kid friendly. Make sure you are going to a doctor that is used to treating children and ideally has experience working with ADHD.
I wish you the best,
Dr. Ryan Hanson, DC
Chiropractors can definitely help with chronic low back pain. It's a very common complaint that we see. The chiropractor you see will take a complete history of his complaint, perform a thorough exam, and either take or review X-rays of his back. The chiropractor will then determine if chiropractic care is the best course for your husband and will explain what is causing his symptoms and the recommended course of treatment. They will also refer him to an appropriate provider should something more serious be suspected. Fortunately, low back problems can usually be handled and corrected easily with chiropractic care.
I’m assuming by hunched you are referring to your upper back and neck being stuck forward. I would consult with a chiropractor for an evaluation as this is a common complaint people have. Many times, it’s something postural that can be corrected with special exercises and work on the soft tissues. It can also be that the joints of the spine are locked in a flexed position. A chiropractor can help with that as well. It is also possible that some of the bodies of the vertebrae have collapsed. That is not really correctable as it is a spinal compression fracture usually related to osteoporosis as the front of the vertebrae collapses as it is the weakest part and that turns the bones into a wedge shape instead of being more square. There are a few other causes as well that are less common.
But, a chiropractor can easily determine what is causing your concern with a simple exam and just a couple X-rays of the area. Once the cause is determined, the chiropractor should offer you treatment recommendations to correct the problem or suggest a referral to another specialist if needed. Just do not wait too long before seeking an evaluation. These problems tend to worsen over time and also become more permanent and harder to treat. The sooner you act, the better your prognosis will be. :)
I hope this helps,
Dr. Ryan Hanson
Chiropractors do not prescribe medications. Though many do use homeopathic, natural or herbal products for inflammation or pain control. It just depends on the specific Chiropractor as to what they recommend. With back pain many causes are mechanical causes which Chiropractors can actually correct. If your problem is not one that is appropriate for Chiropractic Treatment then they will refer you to the appropriate provider. But in any case, the Chiropractor is looking to address the CAUSE of your pain. The pain management doctors are interested in pain and symptom control. They will prescribe medications to mask the symptoms for you with anything from oral meds, injections to epidurals. But they are not addressing the cause of your symptoms, just the presentation of what symptoms you have. I would suggest seeing a good Chiropractor first to evaluate your Back Pain and then if your case warrants further pain control or specialist referral then the Chiropractor can help you get to the appropriate provider.
I can tell you though that in the 19 years of my practicing, I have had to refer out only a very small percentage of my patients for other specialist treatment, especially with back pain. Most causes can be successfully handled by a qualified Chiropractor.
I wish you the best,
Dr. Ryan Hanson, DC
This is why meds, massage, exercise, injections, etc. for sciatica rarely offer any sort of lasting relief. The problem with the SI Joint, which is the root cause, never gets dealt with.
Because your problem is stemming from a functional problem. (we are assuming you do not have a disk injury or other pathology) The yoga may actually aggravate it. BUT... For my patients who come in where I am working to restore the normal function of the SI joint with adjustments in the office. I ALWAYS recommend Yoga in conjunction with the Chiropractic treatment for sciatica. The Chiropractic gets things moving properly again and fixes the problem with the SI joint. Then the Yoga works to strengthen, stretch and stabilize the area to prevent the problem from coming back.
To put this in focus, I see 10-20 new patients a week. Every week a few of those patients are presenting with sciatica. Out of all of those, maybe 1 every couple months is a disk problem. All the rest are stemming from an SI joint problem in the pelvis.
Now, if your sciatica is coming from Piriformis Syndrome secondary to a Subluxated SI-Joint then it will be temporary. Long story short. Something irritated your SI-Joint, the joint between your tailbone and your pelvic bone, so your body is spasming muscles to act as a splint to protect the SI Joint. One of those muscles, the piriformis which connects from your tailbone to the top of your leg and sits deep in your glutes, will spasm pressing the sciatic nerve against the pelvis causing your sciatica. The decompression can help release some tension and pressure which gives some relief as the muscle relaxes a bit. But as soon as you stop treatment and get back to life its just a matter of time before the muscles get tighter again and the sciatica returns. In this case you would need a course of chiropractic treatment to restore the normal function to the SI-Joint to correct the problem. And if this IS your problem, don't stop treatment too early! I see that way too often. These tend to be chronic problems surrounded by the largest most powerful muscles in our body that are always moving. The muscle memory is strongly ingrained. You don't need a lot of treatment and symptoms tend to resolve fairly fast which is why people tend to stop treatment based on how they FEEL. BUT you NEED to continue treatment the better part of a year to resolve it. After the short course of more frequent adjustments to get the function back you need to maintain at around every 2 weeks, so 2 times a month, to make sure you keep the proper function of the pelvis so the brain can relearn how to move the muscles properly to control the joint and how you move. Think of it like it's the retainer you wear after your braces come off. Your brain has to relearn how to control the movement with walking, running, standing, sitting, and anything else you do. SI Joint dysfunction is a common problem and comes about for many reasons, falls, sitting on bad chairs, improper sleeping position, stress playing sports and the list goes on. So not only are we treating this current problem we need to mitigate the continued irritations that are happening during the treatment and stabilization time. Chiropractic care is very good at handling sciatica if done properly.
The reason I'm spending the time to try and explain why and why not you would use decompression treatment for sciatica is for what I see out in the profession. For disk injuries decompression is a great treatment. Whether its inversion, manual decompression in the doctors office (what I do in my office), or teched out mechanical decompression. They all work well for this problem. But there are some very expensive mechanical decompression tables out there marketed to doctors complete with staff training and marketing materials to get the patients in and signed up for treatment. I see offices, not all of them, but some, where now that they are trying to pay the lease on that $90,000 piece of equipment, everyone who walks into their office is now a candidate for decompression therapy. I see this treatment over utilized on patients very often where this is really not the best treatment for them.
So for the right problem decompression can be very helpful and produce lasting results. Used for the wrong problem it most likely will be a temporary solution.