In this video we look at research undertaken to see how chiropractic care may help with enuresis (involuntary urination) or bedwetting, especially by children at night.
A transcript of the video follows.
Bedwetting Studies Video Transcript
As parents, you would’ve discovered that your child occasionally wet their bed at night, but usually this is something they grow out of by the time they’re five years old. But for some kids, this does not happen. For some children, this persists. And this is known as Nocturnal Enuresis. Not only is this frustrating for parents who have to change wet beds night after night, but it can also cause a host of additional problems for the suffering child.
Some are devastated by their parents disapproval and some are teased by their siblings. Some of these children suffer greatly from low self-esteem that can have a major impact on their mental and emotional wellbeing. If this wasn’t bad enough, many of these children struggle with their social life and miss out on sleepover parties and school camps to avoid other children finding out about their bedwetting problems.
So why might chiropractic care help these children? Well, we know that gently adjusting the spine changes the way the brain perceives what’s going on in the body. So improving spinal function with chiropractic care may help the brain and central nervous system to notice that the bladder is full and wake the child at night.
So what does the research evidence say?
Unfortunately, not a lot of research has been done yet in this area. But there are many individual cases published in the scientific literature suggesting that chiropractic care may help at least some children with their bedwetting. In 1994, a group of researchers performed a clinical trial including 46 children who frequently wet their bed at night.
They measured their bedwetting frequency for two weeks, and then they divided them into two groups. One group received 10 weeks of chiropractic care from final year chiropractic students, and the other group received a sham control intervention. They then measured their bedwetting frequency for another two weeks after the 10 week intervention period.
So what happened after 10 weeks of chiropractic care? The researchers found that after 10 weeks, the children receiving chiropractic care had, on average almost two more dry nights over a two week period. The kids who did not receive any chiropractic care had no change in the number of nights they wet the bed.
This does not sound like much improvement, but when the researchers took a closer look at the results, they found that 25% of the kids who received chiropractic care actually had a 50% or more reduction in wet nights. Over the course of the trial, none of the control group had this type of improvement.
This suggests that chiropractic care may well help at least some kids with their bedwetting, while for others it doesn’t help so much.
When appropriately applied, Chiropractic care for children and infants is very safe and is rarely associated with adverse events. When they do occur, they invariably involve short periods of muscle soreness following an adjustment.
Remember that the chiropractor isn’t directly trying to treat the bedwetting. Instead, they’re trying to improve spinal function with the aim of improving your child’s brain’s ability to process what’s going on in their body. And for some kids, this seems to result in more dry nights and improved bladder control.
So if you know of children suffering from bedwetting, share this information with their parents so they can try chiropractic care. We know from this study that at least some kids who wet the bed, chiropractic care really seems to help. So it’s worth giving it a go because it’s not just about dry nights, but also about the child’s mental and emotional and social wellbeing.
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