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Can Chiropractic Really Help Bed Wetting? What does the research say?

a young girl and boy standing togetherIn the past 25 years of practice I have had many parents report their children have totally ceased wetting the bed or had less wet nights once they had started chiropractic care. Some parents specifically brought their children in because they were having difficulty with staying dry through the night.

Others simply wanted to get their kids spines healthier and serendipitously discovered their bed wetting disappeared when they began receiving chiropractic adjustments. For some children, chiropractic didn’t seem to make much of a difference.

Was it mere coincidence that some kids stopped wetting the bed when they started getting adjustments? Let’s look at what the science says.

Below is a an excellent video describing how chiropractic care may be able to help with enuresis or bed wetting.

Although there is not a great deal of research on this specific topic, a lot of case studies do exist demonstrating improvements. 1 randomized study showed that about 25% of those kids getting chiropractic adjustments for 10 weeks had a 50% reduction in wet nights.

Larger, more extensive research into this topic would be able to give us a more accurate understanding of Chiropractics true impact. What is vitally important to realize is that research is showing how chiropractic adjustments help the brain and central nervous system better identify what the body is doing. If there is a spinal misalignment it acts as an interference between the brain and body.

In the case of bed wetting, adjustments allow the brain to more accurately recognize that the bladder is full and alert the child so they can get up and evacuate. More and more research is discovering how chiropractic enables the brain to better comprehend what is happening throughout the body.

Therefore Chiropractic really isn’t a treatment for bed wetting or even back pain but simply a process of ensuring the spine is free of interference or vertebral subluxations that allows the entire body and brain to function better.

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