Massage for ADHD

Physical therapy, chiropractics and other bodily adjustments are used to treat a variety of conditions. One thing you might not know is the connection between these kinds of treatments and remedying ADHD.

Also known as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, ADHD can make it very difficult to concentrate, change tasks, and complete tasks. It can also make it hard to sit still for any great length of time. It can be very debilitating for productivity and often carries over into adulthood, oftentimes undiagnosed. While the main method of treatment for this condition is usually a variety of drugs, that’s not always the best idea, especially since these drugs can cause many unpleasant side effects.

Those with ADHD need near constant stimulation to stay engaged and happy. Sit still for too long or find themselves without a source of amusement and they’re likely to get fidgety and even angry. Since some believe the cause of ADHD is directly related to isolation or understimulation in a child’s early years, a possible remedy may be massage, which provides a suitable level of stimulation.

Current research shows this method of treatment to be effective on both kids and adolescents. A 15-minute treatment for 10 days in a row can work wonders for relaxing people with ADHD and making them happier. Over time, those who undergo massage show an increase in productivity and show fewer symptoms of hyperactivity.

Honestly, it doesn’t matter what directly causes ADHD. This kind of treatment still seems to be effective because it calms down patients and offers a means of relaxation. This helps to create a sense of calm throughout the day that might have been missing otherwise. Though kids with ADHD need constant stimulation, they also need to learn how to relax and be calm. This is one way to accomplish that.

Of course, more research needs to be done on the effects of this kind of treatment on people with ADHD. At the moment, there’s no research on how it will affect adults. However, the promising results shown on kids and adolescents is a good indicator of how it may be received in the future. Massage isn’t viewed as a normal treatment for ADHD but with more research and further study, it’s likely it will start to be implemented more widely and more often as an alternative to drug-based therapies. And the fewer medications prescribed to kids, the better, don’t you think?



About Doug Powell

Doug Powell, LMT, is a licensed massage therapist in the state of Florida offering Swedish, deep tissue, sports and therapeutic massage therapy. He is a graduate of the Orlando Institute of Massage Therapy where he finished his studies at the top of his class. He has practiced professional massage therapy in Orlando since 1996 and is a member of the Massage Network and International Massage Association. If you suffer from chronic muscle tension, pain or persistent stress, discover how my professional services can help you! Get Well and Stay Well My goal as a natural health care practitioner is to encourage the body and mind to regain and maintain their normal function. Indeed, when you create health, dis-ease disappears. As you help the body regain it’s normal function, many health problems resolve naturally. Some of the conditions I have successfully worked with include: low back pain joint pain neck and shoulder pain chronic low energy/weakness stress overload Is This Work Right for You? People come to me for a variety of reasons. For many, a weekly massage serves as an antidote to stress or as a recuperative phase of their fitness program. Others are looking for help with chronic pain or injuries. The services I offer are tailored to meet your needs whether you are ill, in tip-top shape, or somewhere in between. The goal is to increase your wellness: your vitality, your ease of movement, the function of your body, and your peace of mind.
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