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#1 of 6 Old 11-01-2009, 01:38 PM - Thread Starter
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I found an interesting article on using exercise to reduce the need for ADHD medication in Bicycling magazine. They're focused on the use of bikes to reduce the need for medication, but note that swimming and running are also very useful.,6...1050-1,00.html,6...1051-1,00.html
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The book "Stopping ADHD" by O'Dell and Cook also details exercises (specifically crawling) to treat the underlying causes of ADHD. Brain Gym and Bal-A-Vis-X are other exercise-based treatment programs. There's also a Japanese method for treating autism that involves hours of rigorous exercise in a group setting every day. A lot of these programs are based on the theory that the symmetric tonic neck reflex and other infant relfexes that are typically outgrown by age 1 are causing the attention and/or hyperactivity issues. More than 30 years of scientific research back up this theory. The research is all in the field of education, not medicine, so most medical doctors have never heard of this...but the studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals.

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I don't know if exercise can "treat" ADHD (or autism) but I can certainly say for sure that it hepls both my older son with ADHD and my younger one who has ADHD/SPD. In fact, my younger one's sensory diet is mostly just exercise. I sometimes make him run around the block or up and down the stairs when he is really hyper. The trampoline is great for him too. We do a lot of this type of exercise before he goes to school (he goes to PM kindergarten) and he is doing great this year. Don't know what we'll do next year.....sigh.
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I've been experimenting with using exercise to help treat my own inattentive type ADHD. I find 20 or 30 minutes 3 times a day of something that gets my heart pumping is very helpful for me. I am able to focus better on a task, and plan better. And, I'm cheerier , but quite tired by the days end.

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this is very intresting to me i will have to try this appoarch with my daughter who has ADHD I really dont want to put her on meds if i dont have too

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I sure wish this had worked for me. I figure skated 60 (yes 60) hours a week in high school and had absolutely no improvement in my ADD.

Every couple years I go back to my doctor and ask if she has anything new for me to try. I get the side effects so bad I just can't stay on any of the meds too long. *sigh* I'd just like to be able to follow through on things like a normal person.

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