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Bed Wetting in Children

Chiropractic Care for Treatment of Nocturnal Enuresis / Bed Wetting


Bed wetting, also known as nocturnal enuresis, is common in about 13% of children under the age of 6, and about 5% of children 10 years and older. The cause of bed wetting is unknown, which makes treatment difficult. The more common treatments are medication and waiting until the child grows out of it, but what most people don’t know is that chiropractic care may be the solution. images (7)


The nervous system, known as the master control system, consists of the brain, spinal cord and spinal nerves. The the skull protects the brain and the spine protects the spinal cord and spinal nerves.The spinal nerves exits the spine and innervates every cell, tissue, organ and muscle.


There are two keys muscles that control the emptying of the bladder, the detrusor and trigone.The nerves that innervate these muscles exit the spine in the lower back and sacrum.


During the early years of life, the sacrum has five separate segments. Later, they fuse together to form the triangular-shaped bone that adults have at the base of the spine. Fusion starts to take place around puberty and not complete until the mid 20’s.  If these segments misalign, (falling, learning to walk, ride a bike, sports etc.) it could compromise the nerves that are responsible for bladder function.


 How can chiropractic help?


Chiropractors look for these sometimes subtle misalignments during an examination. When these misalignments are reduced with safe and natural chiropractic adjustments, nervous system control and regulation of the bladder may often be restored. Since chiropractic does not treat bed wetting, a thorough examination of your child’s spine is necessary.


Published Journals


The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics document many studies showing the positive benefits of chiropractic care.


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)

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