SHINE Massachusetts

What is ADD/ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or attention deficit disorder (ADD) can be confusing medical terms that sound a bit scary when you hear them for the first time. But don’t be alarmed, because when you begin to understand what ADHD is and when you learn to manage this trait, ADHD can become a major asset in your life.

The terms ADHD and ADD, as well as AD/HD, refer to a syndrome found in both children and adults, which is characterized by distractibility, impulsivity, restlessness and/or hyperactivity. When managed properly, it can become a gift in one’s life. Having ADHD is like having a powerful race car for a brain, which is inappropriately equipped with bicycle brakes. The treatment for ADHD involves strengthening those bicycle brakes–so you can start winning the races in your life.

In our work as chiropractors who support ADHD cases, we see ourselves not as doctors who treat a disability, but rather as doctors who help people, adults and children alike, identify, develop, and celebrate their talents. That’s why we love to help with these cases!

There are three variations of ADHD, depending on which symptoms are most dominant in an individual. These descriptions are taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Predominantly Inattentive Type: It is hard for the individual to organize or finish a task, to pay attention to details, or to follow instructions or conversations. The person is easily distracted or forgets details of daily routines.

Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type: The person fidgets and talks a lot. It is hard to sit still for long (e.g., for a meal or while doing homework). Smaller children may run, jump or climb constantly. The individual feels restless and has trouble with impulsivity. Someone who is impulsive may interrupt others a lot, grab things from people, or speak at inappropriate times. It is hard for the person to wait their turn or listen to directions. A person with impulsiveness may have more accidents and injuries than others.

Combined Type: Symptoms of the above two types are equally present in the person.

What is SHINE?

Dr. Ned Hallowell, leading authority in the world of ADHD, champions a “strength-based” approach to dealing with ADHD. The traditional, deficit-based model only addresses the defects and distresses ADHD can create in a person’s life. Dr. Hallowell has discovered that by identifying and focusing on a person’s strengths and talents, in addition to implementing strategies to manage their challenges, patients CAN achieve a more superior outcome. Dr. Hallowell also stresses that one of the great appeals to helping those who have ADHD discover their talents and help gain back their self-esteem, is how life changing this process can be for people. This is because left undiagnosed, and unaddressed, ADHD can all but destroy a person. The SHINE program can truly rescue a person from despair.

We are excited to be working with Dr. Hallowell and his supporting team. Implementing this strength-based approach here at Atlantis Chiropractic Wellness Centers is a wonderful opportunity. By working with children to identify the amazing talents they possess, as well as helping them to recognize the obstacles they may face, we can make this program a unique healing and growing experience that will change lives. We work together with the children and their family, in order to help them develop strategies at home, work, and school that focus on concrete, positive change. This is what we refer to as the humanistic side of the SHINE protocol.

Our SHINE program is extremely comprehensive and provides exactly what you will need in order to develop a very strong foundation for continued growth. The following is the general structure of the 3 month intensive SHINE program. You will learn more specific program information at the orientation.

  1. shine_boyOrientation
  2. Comprehensive one-on-one consultation with a licensed SHINE doctor
  3. Parental education
  4. Weekly Chiropractic Care
  5. Six workshops
  6. Weekly Turbo Sonic training
  7. Parallel programs with the Boston Sports Club, Gordon College, Cross Fit, Lynnfield Karate, R.E.I and much more
  8. Specific products (Wobble Board, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Electrolytes, Parents Guide to Gluten Free Eating, etc.)
  9. A letter for teachers about your child’s participation in the SHINE program

How Can SHINE Help my Child or Even Me?

Dr. Ned Hallowell says, “ADD is like having a Ferrari brain with bicycle brakes.” Can you imagine transforming one of your most significant challenges in life into one of the most profound opportunities for growth, success, and personal development? This is what SHINE has the potential to offer you. By combining the Hallowell Protocols with our specific chiropractic techniques, we can help your child begin to use this trait as a resource to do wonderful things in life. On this journey, as this process begins to unfold, there will be many challenges; “ups and downs”. This is par for the course. Rest assured that you now have, in us, another member on your team who can support your child and your entire family.

The name SHINE says it all because it is our mission to help your child, you, and anyone else who battles with ADHD/ADD each day of their lives. Together, everything becomes possible and it would be our honor to work with your child in order to HELP THEM AND YOU SHINE!

Who are the Experts Involved?

Dr. Peter Martone

Dr. Peter Martone, D.C., B.S. graduated from Palmer Chiropractic College and has been committed to total health and wellness. His holistic approach to treat the whole body has been featured on CBS News, television documentaries and newspapers, and he is currently writing his first book on this revolutionary approach to holistic health care. Dr. Martone is the founder of Atlantis Chiropractic Wellness Centers, a unique office where patients are guided through the Interactive Healing Experience, with the mission to make Massachusetts the healthiest place to live in the country.

“If you do the right things long enough and consistent enough, you will get the results you want. You just need a resource to help you answer the question, ‘What are the right things that I should be doing’.” ~Dr. Peter Martone

Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.D.

Dr. Ned Hallowell is a child and adult psychiatrist. Graduating from Harvard College and Tulane Medical School, he is also the founder of The Hallowell Centers in Sudbury, Massachusetts and New York City, New York.

From 1983 until 2004, he was a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty. He retired from academics in 2004 to devote his full professional attention to his clinical practice, lectures, and the writing of books.

Dr. Hallowell has authored eighteen books on various psychological topics, including attention deficit disorder, the power of the human connection, the childhood roots of happiness in life, methods of forgiving others, dealing with worry and managing excessive busyness.

His newest book, SHINE: Using Brain Science to Bring out the Best in Your People, was published by Harvard Business School Press in January 2011.



You might be wondering to yourself, “Why did I decide to bring SHINE into our community?” Although my response could go on and on, I will try my best to keep this simple… 

 I see far too many children suffering in our community. Like Dr. Ned Hallowell so eloquently states, “ADD is like having a Ferrari engine and bicycle brakes”and I want to help people strengthen their brakes and start unwrapping the wonderful gifts that they already possess. Until a child is able to use their ADHD/ADD to their advantage, they will face limitations and barriers to their success as they progress in the world. My mission in life and in practice is to help people SHINE; to reach for their full potential with confidence and pride. Therefore, when I was approached with the opportunity to bring the Hallowell Protocol to our community and beyond, I did everything in my power to make this a reality. There is nothing more important to me than HELPING PEOPLE SHINE!

SHINE in the News

SHINE in the LynnfieldPatch: “Center Features A Holistic Approach to ADD” (May 9, 2012)
In recent years, a growing number of professionals have been looking at ways to treat attention deficit disorder without relying on prescription drugs. These options can touch on everything from diet to physical (and mental) exercise – and even one’s chiropractic alignment.

In Lynnfield, Dr. Peter Martone of the Atlantis Chiropractic Wellness Center is not your traditional chiropractor. His business features a broader range of healing techniques, including massage, healthy diet, lifestyle coaching and more.

“We are in the wellness business,” said Martone. “We just happen to be a chiropractic office.”

Atlantis Chiropractic works with Dr. Ned Hallowell’s SHINE system to treat children and adults with attention deficit disorder. SHINE stands for “Special Help Integrating Neurological Experience.” CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE