Lack of bladder control can cause shame, guilt and impaired social skills.
Bedwetting takes a tremendous toll on children; embarrassment, alarms, no sleepovers, plastic mattress covers, frustration, unable to fit in, and even diapers.
Up to the age of four or five, most children have poor bladder control at night. But after that, the inability to stay dry at night may be a sign of an underlying problem. While chiropractic is not considered a treatment for bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis), countless children have been helped with safe and natural chiropractic care.
Two key muscles control the emptying of the bladder. Their technical names are the Detrusor and Trigone muscles. Nerves that exit the spinal column in the lower back and sacrum control these muscles. If these segments become miss-aligned because of a fall while learning to walk or ride a bike for example, the nerves to the bladder control muscles may become compromised and affect bladder function.
We look for these sometimes subtle misalignments during our examination. When these misalignments are fixed with safe and natural chiropractic adjustments, nervous system control and regulation of the bladder may often be restored.
The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics document many studies showing the positive benefits of chiropractic care. Here are a few of the studies that were done on bedwetting:
A study of 46 children received chiropractic care for a 10-week period. A quarter of those receiving chiropractic care had 50% or more reduction in the wet night frequency, while none among the control group saw a reduction. (JMPT 1994 (Nov-Dec);17 (9): 596-600)
Children with a history of persistent bed-wetting received eight chiropractic adjustments. Number of wet nights fell from seven per week to four. (JMPT 1991 (Feb);14 (2): 110-115)
The lumbar spine of an eight-year-old male bed wetter was adjusted once and at a one-month follow-up. There was a complete resolution of enuresis. “This happened in a manner that could not be attributed to time or placebo effect.” (JMPT 1994 (Jun);17 (5): 335-338)
Chiropractic has shown some promise among bedwetters with neurological compromise caused by the spine even though it is not considered a cure for bedwetting.
Will Chiropractic Care Help?
A thorough examination is necessary to see if there is a possibility that the bedwetting is caused by nerve interference from the spine, many children see great results with chiropractic care. Find out!
We approach these cases with sensitivity and compassion. Your son or daughter will appreciate and understand our explanations.
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