I was recently asked by a few of my patients to write a few posts concerning pediatric problems that can be helped by a chiropractor. I recently wrote a post about ear infections that you can read here and today I am posting the second article in the pediatric series.
Bedwetting (enuresis) can be an embarrassing problem for some children. Most children are able to control their bladder through the night by the time they are 5 years old. Children that have never been able to control their bladder have primary enuresis. Children that have been able to control their bladder through the night for some time and then revert and are not able to control their bladder through the night have secondary enuresis.
Chiropractors have been helping children overcome their bedwetting for generations but it still seems to be a secret. In 1994 and study was published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) that showed that 25% of children treated through chiropractic care had a greater than 50% reduction in bedwetting over a two week period. This is significant and the results suggest that a greater number of children may be helped through chiropractic given a longer trial period.
Chiropractors typically focus on the lumbar spine and the sacrum to address this problem. The anatomy reveals that the bladder musculature is controlled by spinal levels L2 and S2-4. While the sacrum is fully fused as an adult, it is still not joined together in children and thus the sacrum may be adjusted at each level if necessary to alleviate the nerve interference that is causing the lack of muscular control.
Find a chiropractor with some experience with children and they may have the answer to the difficult problem of bedwetting.
Please let me know what you think of this post. I would love to share your experience.