Martial Arts – Today’s Non-Pharmaceutical Medication for Kids with ADHD

The All Natural Medication for Kids with ADHD – MARTIAL ARTS

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common, widespread and potentially devastating childhood disorders known to mankind.  The symptoms associated with ADHD are uncontrollable restlessness, a severe lack of focus, difficulty controlling behavior and extreme hyperactivity.

Children with ADHD experience a greater degree of conflict in the home and at school which leads to a growing cycle of frustration, depression, diminished self-esteem and a life of medicated chaos with very little chance of peace in the home or at school.

This disorder takes a toll on children, but it’s just as challenging for parents, teachers and adults who care for them. Doctors, Psychologists and the medical community in general are still learning about ADHD and a cure for the disorder has yet to be discovered.

The disorder wasn’t formally recognized as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) until the late 1960’s and the disorder officially became known as ADHD in 1980.

Using pharmaceuticals was all the rage in the 80’s and it’s no surprise that Doctors and Psychologists turned to pharmaceutical drugs as a way to manage children with ADHD. The last few decades have seen medical advances, but the majority of those advances have come from the pharmaceutical industry and simply perpetuates our dependence on pills as a cure-all for just about everything.

Pharmaceutical products can work miracles and save lives, but there is no substitute for eating right, exercising, common sense and exploring natural solutions before jumping on the pharmaceutical bandwagon.

Over the last 10-20 years, this streamlined and natural approach to life has helped us discover better, more effective, healthier and more natural ways to heal, solve problems and enrich the lives of those with special needs instead of managing them.

The process of questioning how things are done and not accepting traditional answers as gospel has led to some tremendous advances for children with ADHD.  One of the most significant, life altering and natural discoveries is the effect that certain types of physical exercise have on children with ADHD.

As it turns out, Martial Arts has proven to be an extremely effective, enriching and non-pharmaceutical method for improving the lives of children with ADHD as well as the lives of their parents.

Why Martial Arts?

Aside from the physical benefits of exercise, increased strength, flexibility and a healthier heart, martial arts diminishes ADHD symptoms.  Impulsiveness and hyperactivity are two of the most common characteristics of children with ADHD. Martial Arts and Karate significantly reduce and/or eliminate the most common symptoms of ADHD and help promote positive outcomes.

In addition, children desire structure, consistency and ritual, especially children with ADHD.  Research has shown time and time again that children thrive when their home life is stable. Martial Arts is a truly unique experience that embraces stability and a balanced life.  Those beliefs, in combination with the life lessons, mental focus and social intelligence required to complete ones journey are all part of what makes martial arts training an effective method for overcoming the challenges that face children with ADHD.

Children diagnosed with ADHD face a series of hurdles and challenges on a regular basis. The list below represents 8 of the most common issues/characteristics associated with ADHD and the effect that Martial Arts and Karate training has on those characteristics:

  • Low Self-Esteem – Boosts Self-Esteem
  • No Self-Control – Emphasizes Self-Control
  • Lack of Concentration and Focus – Improves Concentration and Focus
  • No Self-Respect – Instills a Sense of Self-Respect
  • Needs Structure & Stability – Promotes Structure and Stability
  • Hard Time Resolving Conflict – Offers Constructive Conflict Resolution
  • Lack of Retention – Implements Repetitive Movements for Better Retention
  • Needs Support – Provides Shared Ideals and Support

Martial Arts Isn’t a Cure, but it’s a Life Changer! 

There are no easy “cures” for ADHD, but Martial Arts can make your child’s life significantly healthier, happier and more fulfilling. The lives of parents are an exhausting mixture of discipline, love, patience, vigilance and persistent determination. Your child’s participation in Martial Arts will alleviate stress and allow you and your child to reconnect in ways that seemed impossible in the past, but were now within your reach.

As parents, you want the very best for your children and having them participate in Martial Arts will pay dividends for both you and your children for years to come!