There are several different types of urinary incontinence including stress, urge, overflow, blockage, or temporary incontinence. Did you know that chiropractic can help with some of these types of urine leakage? No one wants to admit that urinary leakage is more common than we think. In children, bed wetting is a common ailment that we assume kids will "grow out of" although there is scientific proof that chiropractic adjustments can halt bed wetting during the day and nighttime. As adults, a common time for women to experience urinary incontinence is after having a baby. Their bodies have just undergone a major change, and trying to find comfort in that new body can be difficult when you have the stress of leaking urine that you never experienced before! For these women, it can be frustrating and embarrassing to feel out of control of their bodily functions. Often times kegel exercises are recommended for postpartum moms, although recent studies show conflicting evidence about the effectiveness of kegels.
Often times women can experience urine leakage during coughing or sneezing, exercising, or even laughing! These incidences are in the stress or urge types of incontinence. As much as it may seem odd to relate your bladder to your brain, these types of bladder leakage can be helped with simple chiropractic adjustments. Our brains send signals through nerves and the spinal cord (the central nervous system) down to our bladder and sphincter muscles located at S2, S3, and S4. These signals allow our bladder (smooth muscle) to relax to allow the passage of urine. When there is interference or a subluxation present in the neck and spine, these passageways are partially blocked, resulting in mixed signals to the S2, S3, and S4 and leakage or incontinence can occur.
A 2018 study followed a young mom who after having her first baby 3 years prior with severe perineum tears after delivery was still experiencing urine leakage. This patient experience urine leakage with little to no bladder fullness during daily activities such as coughing or sneezing, as well as without any triggers whenever her bladder felt about half full. She also complained of lower back pan which is what initially brought her to the chiropractor after delivery. Her doctor found several vertebral subluxations of the sacrum and lumbar spine (near her tailbone). These subluxations were not only causing her back pain, but because the nerves were experiencing interference due to the vertebral subluxations, these misalignments were also the cause of her bladder leakage and incontinence! After only a few weeks under chiropractic care, this patient no longer experienced urine leakage when sneezing or coughing. Her back pain was relieved as well and after 3 long years she could be comfortable and confident that her urinary incontinence had been eliminated! Chiropractic care is an extremely important and useful part in postpartum care for women.
Yours in Health,
Dr. Nicholas J. Knutson
MOUNTAIN ISLAND CHIROPRACTIC
10917 Black Dog Ln., Suite 101
Charlotte, NC 28214
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Davis, A., DC. (2018). Resolution of Chronic Postpartum Urinary Incontinence Following Chiropractic Care for Vertebral Subluxation. J. Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health, 2018(1), 49-52.