Bedwetting is a problem for many kids. Wetting the bed at any age is embarrassing and can cause feelings of shame and guilt. These feelings can create impaired social skills due to lack of interaction with friends and family because of fear. Bedwetting can be a life altering problem for children limiting their activities because of shame or having to make embarrassing alterations like diapers, plastic mattress covers and/or alarms.
Everyone is born wetting the bed but as children age their bladders grow and they learn how to control their bladder. By age 5, children should be able to develop control of their bladder but today most children have poor control at night. Only 15% of these children will stop bedwetting without any kind of intervention. While chiropractic care for kids is not a “cure” for bedwetting but talk to our parents and ask them how quickly their child’s bedwetting resolved with treatment! There is also the comfort of knowing that care is safe and natural because it is the child’s body that is doing all the work.
Emptying the Bladder
When it comes to the emptying of the bladder, there are two muscles that are in control. The official names for these muscles are the detrusor muscle and trigone muscle. These muscles are controlled by nerves that extend off the spinal cord and pass through the vertebrae in the low back and sacrum (“tailbone”). In the beginning years of life, a child’s sacrum is five segments. Throughout life and development, the segments fuse together into one segment. As child, learning how to crawl, walk, ride a bike, etc. is very exciting but also presents many opportunities to fall. All these falls are all micro traumas and can cause the pelvis, sacrum and vertebrae in the spine to move. When this happens, pressure gets put on nerves that extend off the spinal cord impairing their ability to send signals to the corresponding organ(s). This may be the root cause of a child’s bedwetting.
During your child’s examination at Willis ChiroMed, we are going to be looking for misalignments throughout your child’s body. It is our goal to eliminate the pressure on your child’s nerves with safe, gentle, natural chiropractic adjustments.
A study of 165 children dealing with bedwetting six days a week saw a reduction to only 3 nights a week after only a few chiropractic adjustments. By time the study ended, 20% of the children were considered “dry” and experiencing no more bedwetting episodes.
A study that had 30 children placed under chiropractic care and 20 children in a control group, receiving no treatment at all saw a 25% reduction in bedwetting episodes. At the end of the study, not a single child in the control group showed any change in the amount of bedwetting episodes.
There are consistently new studies being performed finding that children are having success with chiropractic adjustments for bedwetting, ear infections, ADD/ADHD and much more.
At Willis ChiroMed, we are gentle and compassionate. Call us today to make sure that your child’s nervous system isn’t causing malfunctions in their little body.