Bedwetting - Chiropractic

Does your child suffer with bedwetting?

Bedwetting, or enuresis, is a nightmare for parents. It leads to copious amounts of laundry, frustration with your child for not being able to control her bladder, and wondering where you went wrong as a parent.

If this is the case for you as an outside party, imagine how trying the experience must be for those children who are chronic bedwetters. The embarrassment and inconvenience to a young child who cannot seem to get past the obstacle of staying dry at night is often overwhelming. Until a certain age, usually around four or five years, children are expected to lose control of their bladders on occasion, and most parents prepare themselves for the odd nighttime episode. However, after this age, frequent bedwetting signals a more deep-seated issue.

Although chiropractic is not a cure for bedwetting, some children who undergo chiropractic therapy see an improvement in their symptoms.

Physiology of the bladder

There are two muscles, the detrusor and trigone, which are responsible for bladder function. The nerves that control these muscles leave the spinal column in the lower back and sacrum.

During childhood, the sacrum is separated into five different segments. As the child develops, these five segments join into one bone. If these parts fail to line up correctly, nerve dysfunction can result, sometimes in the nerves that control the bladder.

If your child suffers from bedwetting, a consultation at our clinic may be the best way to treat him. If our examination shows sacral misalignment, chiropractic therapy can help correct it, and possibly restore normal function to your child’s bladder.


There are many studies in The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics that demonstrate the benefits of chiropractic therapy.

  • In one study, 46 children were given chiropractic care for ten weeks. Twenty-five percent of those children had a decrease of 50% or more in the frequency of their bedwetting episodes, while none of the children in the control group had any lessening. (JMPT 1994 (Nov-Dec);17(9): 596-600)
  • Children who had experienced bedwetting were given eight chiropractic adjustments, and the number of their nocturnal bedwetting episodes fell from seven to four per week. (JMPT 1991 (Feb);14 (2): 110-115)
  • After a lumbar adjustment and a one-month follow-up, an eight-year-old boy with a history of bedwetting stopped wetting the bed for good. According to the study, "This happened in a manner that could not be attributed to time or placebo effect." (JMPT 1994 (Jun);17 (5): 335-338)

Can chiropractic care help your child?

An examination at our clinic will help us determine whether or not your child’s bedwetting is caused by disturbance to the nerves controlling the bladder. If this is indeed the case, it is may be that chiropractic care can provide the results you are so desperately seeking. Call our clinic today for more information about the possibilities.

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