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Q: Can chiropractic care help with my child’s bedwetting?

Posted July 16, 2014 in Advice Column, Ankeny

A: Most definitely! Your nervous system controls every tissue and function in the body, so if something is not functioning correctly, your nervous system may not be communicating properly with the rest of your body.

A chiropractor’s main focus is to make sure that your nervous system is operating free of interference. There are nerves that specifically innervate and control the bladder and diaphragm. Any type of major or minor stressor, e.g. a fall at the playground, poor posture, consuming inflammatory foods, etc. could cause a disruption in the nervous system by causing a spinal bone (vertebrae) to move out of place and put pressure on that specific nerve.

There have been case reports and research to validate that chiropractic can alleviate enuresis (bedwetting). Removing nerve interference from the bladder and diaphragm will help aid in the ability to control the starting and stopping of emptying the bladder and the urgency, as well as the phrenic reflex. The phrenic reflex ensures proper breathing when sleeping so that there is not an accumulation of carbon dioxide, which consequently relaxes smooth muscle, including the opening of the bladder, thus causing leaks throughout sleep.

Information provided by Nicole Olson, DC, CACCP, Olson Chiropractic Health Center, 1510 S.W. Oralabor Road, Suite B, Ankeny, 289-1015.

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