Bedwetting, or as enuresis, is a common occurrence for young children. In the first four or five years of life the problem shouldn’t be of much concern to parents, but it’s after this point that involuntary urination can indicate a deeper problem. This is because it’s assumed that after this age, children should have established proper bladder control.
There are two main forms of bedwetting: Primary and Secondary Enuresis. Primary enuresis refers to those children who have never been able to affectively establish full bladder control; secondary enuresis refers to those children who have lapsed back into wetting the bed after already having established control. While it has been suggested that a pathological mechanism may be the cause of these problems, no cause has yet to be identified.
Many parents and carers assume that this problem is one that children will simply grow out of, and therefore it is one that all too often goes untreated. Chiropractors, however, look at the deeper underlying issues that may well be associated, and help to improve the anatomical and physiological structures that help to keep the body functioning at its best.
Emptying of the bladder is controlled by muscles supplied by nerve roots S2-S4 via the sacral parasympathetic plexus. Other nerve routes along the lower back also control function. The sacrum develops as five separate sections. Often, they remain quite separate until the onset of puberty, at which stage they fuse together eventuating in a single bone (usually by the mid 20s).
Misalignment during the early stages of life can cause nerve irritation and may impede function or cause overstimulation of the bladder which can be associated with bed-wetting.
In addition, falls and day-to-day traumas in early childhood can cause development restrictions in the sacrum and might suggest why bedwetting stops after realignment of the spine (by a chiropractor).
While it would be remiss to suggest that spinal misalignment is the only cause of bed-wetting, anecdotal evidence has suggested a very positive response to chiropractic care in terms of addressing bed-wetting.
We suggest that getting your child’s spine checked out from an early age, to ascertain any potential or underlying problems, is of great benefit to them and their long-term health. Particularly if you have any health concerns, the chiropractors at Walkerville Chiropractic in Adelaide are able to offer a comprehensive examination and evaluation of your child’s health and development.
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