Chiropractic and Incontinence
Updated: Sep 6
Incontinence may be an uncomfortable problem to have, but it is not uncommon across the United States. According to the American Urological Association, around 25 percent of men and women today suffer from incontinence. Incontinence is due to a lack of urinary sphincter control that causes involuntary leakage of urine. Before incontinence takes over your life, know that there are ways to manage a lack of bladder control.
Incontinence Affects Both Men and Women
We may often associate incontinence with women, but it actually affects both men and women between the ages of 30 and 60, and it then becomes an even more common issue for those over 60. Incontinence does affect women more, as 30 percent of women in the 30 to 60 age range report suffering from incontinence, while only 5 percent of men have reported having an incontinence problem. Health factors such as obesity or smoking can also contribute to incontinence. Diabetes, kidney disease, multiple pregnancies, or prostate problems can also increase the likelihood of incontinence. No matter who it affects, urinary leakage shouldn’t control your life. Chiropractic care has been shown to alleviate symptoms of incontinence.
Chiropractic Is a Natural Solution
Some methods for managing incontinence may include non-prescription methods such as bladder training (delaying urination in an effort to retrain the bladder or using the bathroom twice in a short period of time to completely empty the bladder, or Kegel exercises (to strengthen muscles and hold in urine). However, when these solutions don’t work, some will turn to medication. These medications might work for a while but only mask the problem as incontinence returns when medications wear off. Also, medications come with risky side effects. For a safe and natural solution to incontinence, visit Franklin chiropractor Dr. Devan Arman at Unity Chiropractic.
How Chiropractic Can Help
Urinary incontinence is caused when the body isn’t working at optimal levels of health. The muscles around the bladder, pelvis, and sphincter are weak and do not engage properly, which leads to leakage. Spinal misalignments in the lower lumbar could be causing symptoms of incontinence. A Franklin chiropractor can adjust the spine, removing misalignments and properly restoring bodily functions. Several case studies have been done to support chiropractic care for incontinence. In one case study, 21 individuals suffering from incontinence found relief after regular chiropractic adjustments. Even six years after the study, these individuals still reported consistent results due to chiropractic care. If you or someone you love has suffered for too long with incontinence, then contact Dr. Devan Arman for more information about how you can find relief from incontinence today.
Cuthbert, S.C., Rosner, A.L. “Conservative Chiropractic Management of Urinary Incontinence Using Applied Kinesiology: A Retrospective Case-Series Report.” Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2012 Mar; 11(1): 49-57. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3315873/.
Zhang, J., Haselden, J., Tepe, R. “A Case Series of Reduced Urinary Incontinence in Elderly Patients Following Chiropractic Manipulation.” Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2006 Fall; 5(3): 88-91. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2647065/.