Executive Functioning Series

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Executive Functioning Series

Executive functions begin developing by age two, and are fully developed by age 30. A high percentage of children with ADHD have executive functioning challenges. Individuals with poor executive functioning will have difficulty with analyzing, planning, organizing, scheduling, and completing tasks. They also commonly lack the ability to handle frustration, start and finish tasks, recall and follow multi-step directions, stay on track, self-monitor and balance multiple tasks. They often also demonstrate poor impulse control.


Cutting edge research is now showing what chiropractors have always known, that spinal adjustments affect brain function! In one particular study published in the journal Neural Plasticity, it indicated that spinal adjustments impact the function of the prefrontal cortex. (1) One of the researchers of the study, Heidi Haavik, states the following: “This is solid scientific evidence that adjusting the spine changes the way the prefrontal cortex of the brain is processing information from the arm. It demonstrates we change the way the brain works and shows that spinal function impacts brain function. One of the most interesting things about the changes we observed was that the prefrontal cortex is responsible for behavior, goal directed tasks, decision making, memory and attention, intelligence, processing of pain and emotional response to it, autonomic function, motor control, eye movements and spatial awareness.”


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