“Nocturnal enuresis,” also known as bedwetting, is a common pediatric condition that is inconvenient as well as a source of embarrassment for many children and families. While there are many possible causes, there are not many sources of relief like chiropractic. It is safe, easy, and completely natural.
Several studies have shown how children suffering from bedwetting can benefit from chiropractic care. One study of 171 children with an average of seven nights of bedwetting per week underwent chiropractic care. After initial chiropractic care the average child reduced the number of wet nights to four per week.
In another study 46 enuretic children were studied in which 31 received chiropractic care and 15 did not. While the 15 without chiropractic care showed no change in bedwetting, the group that received chiropractic care showed a 17.9% decrease in wet nights.
Amazingly, improvement in some of the studies was shown to be immediate after the very first adjustment and remain stable.
These and other studies have shown that bedwetting can be resolved when a chiropractor addresses any vertebral subluxations present in the child’s spine. Vertebral subluxations create nerve interference or disrupted communication between the brain and spinal cord, and ultimately to all parts of the body. When the nerve interference is minimized through chiropractic care the body’s ability to heal itself and function better is maximized.
The phrenic reflex is a spinal reflex that affects the relaxation of smooth muscle during sleep. It is not fully developed in infants and so it is normal for infants to relax their urinary bladders at night. As the child grows the reflex matures and the child’s bladder is able to retain its fluid. This reflex typically develops more slowly in boys, which is why it is more common that boys suffer from bedwetting.
The phrenic reflex may be disturbed by vertebral subluxation (spinal misalignment). These nerves that control the phrenic reflex are located in the neck region.
Other nerves that go to the muscles that control the bladder as well as the urinary organs are exit the spine in the low back and sacrum regions. You can see that it is a good idea for the child to have a full spinal check-up.
The brain regulates the bladder along with all other organs in the body. If the nerve messages are compromised between the brain and the bladder there may be lack of bladder control. These nerve messages travel from the brain down the spinal cord and out between the spinal vertebrae to serve the bladder. Any extent of spinal misalignment can decrease the strength of these communication signals. Chiropractors reduce the nerve interferences to the bladder and the whole body using all natural methods. The child that is bedwetting and can be helped with chiropractic care does not necessarily exhibit back pain. In fact they rarely do! Even a subtle spinal misalignment can cause the bedwetting symptom and it is common to have spinal misalignments present without any pain.
While chiropractors don’t treat bedwetting, they know there is a good chance that it can help stop or reduce bedwetting if it is related to a spinal misalignment. If you or someone you know has been suffering from bedwetting and is looking for an alternative method to get to the cause of your symptoms, we encourage you to call our office and take advantage of a FREE Consultation.
Dr. Sara Hillesheim of Relief Plus Chirorpactic is a Minnetonka MN chiropractor dedicated to spreading the message of chiropractic and helping as many people as possible achieve a lifetime of health and wellness. Call our office today at (952) 681-2863! – See more at: http://www.reliefplusmn.com