Local chiropractor helping ADHD kids

Stacey Spivey
Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 6:57pm

Around 6 million children in the U.S.. have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or commonly known as ADHD.  There are several medications for these kids to take.  According to the CDC about 5 to 7 percent of children in the state of Texas are taking medication for ADHD.  One Jacksonville chiropractor is starting to straighten out this problem.

According to Dr. Davy Rigsby, some ADHD medications are similar to controlled substances, and can have the same side effects as cocaine or meth.

LaDawn Clevenger's daughter, Clarissa, was diagnosed with ADHD when she was seven years old.  "We were kind of getting to that point where we were frustrated, we didn't know what was going on, we had two other children sailed through schooling and were great kids, not that Clarissa's not, but you know it was rough," said Clevenger.

They automatically put Clarissa on the recommended medication.  Shortly after they saw a change in Clarissa's behavior.  "She literally sat and stared at the walls and you know, just become worse of a zombie," said Clevenger.  It was this zombie-like behavior that made Clevenger want to find an alternative for her daughter.  She went to a seminar that Dr. Rigsby was speaking at, and decided to give it a try.  "Ok this sounds absolutely crazy that someone can just push on her back and align her spine and this is just going to fix everything," said Clevenger.

Dr. Rigsby believes creating a balance in the nervous system can help in every aspect of the body, and says, "the spine is merely a house for the nerve system to live in. it's the connection in our body."  He also states the better the nerve system works, the better the brain works, which is why chiropractic care can help with ADHD without any medication.

After just two adjustments, they starting seeing results with Clarissa.  Her mother says she continues to improve in every aspect of life.


Dr. Davy Rigsby

(903) 586-4460

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