The use of chiropractic work as a potential treatment for ADHD goes back decades, with a study in 1975 suggesting that in some cases it may even be more effective than medication. In 2010, researchers reported that patients who received chiropractic care in addition to nutritional supplements showed improvement in several ADHD symptoms, including hyperactivity, impulsivity, inattentiveness, and behavioral, social, and emotional problems, and Giesen et al showed improvement in behavior and parental ratings of hyperactivity following chiropractic treatment.
Many professional chiropractors have reported similar results. A 2009 report described the treatment of a 6-year-old boy who supplemented his ADHD medication with chiropractic adjustments, craniosacral therapy, and nutritional supplements. The boy showed notable improvements in focus and cooperativeness as noted by teachers and his bus driver, and eventually went off his meds entirely. In 2012, a case study was published about a 5-year-old boy with ADHD who was brought in for chiropractic care. Previous to this, he had been acting out, failing to follow instructions, and was performing poorly both at home and at school, as well as having self-esteem issues. Following one year of treatment, notable improvements were reported in all of these areas.