Bedwetting, also called nocturnal enuresis, is defined as persistent, involuntary urination while sleeping without any evidence of abnormality in the urinary system. A widely accepted view is that the child has failed to learn to awaken to the bladder pressure and volume before the bladder automatically empties. Keep in mind it is your nervous system that relays the information from the bladder to the brain. Although nocturnal enuresis is common during the first few years after toilet training, most children do outgrow bed-wetting. It generally becomes a problem when the child is 5 or older and has bladder control during the day but urinates in his/her bed at night.
Gonstead Chiropractic and Bed-wetting
For many years parents have been telling Gonstead chiropractors that soon after their child spine was adjusted their bed-wetting stopped. Gonstead chiropractors specifically remove interference to the nervous system by reducing irritation from spinal misalignments called subluxations. Interestingly, part of the nerve supply to the bladder stems from nerves traveling through the sacrum. As an adult the sacrum fuses into one bone, but as a child it consists of 5 movable spinal segments, all which can subluxate or misalign such as from a fall on the bottom. This can result in nerve irritation and miscommunication between the bladder and brain.
What patients are saying:
Dear Abby: I took my 15-year-old twin sons (both daily bedwetters) to a chiropractor, and within a month both boys were completely cured. Regular medical doctors could not help them… all I can say is it worked.
Dear True Believer: I believe you. I have several hundred letters bearing the same message concerning chiropractors.
“Our son who is 5, as a result of a fall on his bottom, began having potty accidents even though he had been trained for 2 years. All accidents disappeared after 2 weeks of Gonstead care.”
Karey B. about son Taylor
San Francisco Chronicles, March 5, 1992.
Bachman TR, Lantz, CA, Management of a pediatric asthma and enuresis with probable traumatic etiology. Proceedings of the National Conference on Pediatrics and Chiropractic (ICA) 1991, pp.14-22.
Reed, RR, et al. Chiropractic management of primary nocturnal enuresis. JMPT, 1994, 17(9), 596-600.