Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Bedwetting and Chiropractic Care in children

BED WETTING(Nocturnal Enuresis) and Chiropractors Approach to treatment 

How Can A Chiropractor Help With Bed Wetting?

The majority of children and adults with this problem, known as nocturnal enuresis, tend to be withdrawn and possess very low self-esteem. This negative effect touches many aspects of their lives. Often it is a side effect from bullying which results in many other health issues such as headaches. Talk to your child about the reasons- it could be much more complicated than you as a parent realizes.
A Doctor of  Chiropractic Approach to bedwetting
Now in some children the phrenic reflex is simply slow to develop. In fact this slow development does at times run in families (hereditary factors), but in other children this reflex is disturbed by a vertebral misalignment termed by chiropractors a “subluxation”.

The phrenic nerves come out from between the 3rd, 4th and 5th cervical (neck) vertebra. Subluxation of these vertebrae can cause nerve interference, which can disturb the proper function of the phrenic reflex and can cause bed-wetting. Chiropractors correct vertebral subluxations, and thus influence the return of proper nerve function.
Unfortunately, there is really no way to tell if a child is simply slow in the development of the phrenic reflex, or if a subluxation is the direct cause of the problem. A series of chiropractic adjustments will generally determine whether or not chiropractic care will be of help. Some cases respond spontaneously with instant cessation of the bed-wetting problem. In difficult cases it is sometimes wise to bring the child in for a series of spinal adjustments and then wait a few months and bring the child back in again for care. Your chiropractor can explain this to you. He will offer helpful suggestions which aid in controlling enuresis such as avoiding fluids before going to bed, preventing the child from excessive exhaustion and fatigue, etc.; but be assured that chiropractic care does offer a positive approach to solving Nocturnal Enuresis. In many children it has completely solved the problem. If your child is suffering the anguish of bed wetting consider chiropractic care.

The average bedwetter is between 4 and 14 years old About 15% of children wet the bed after the age of 3 Two out of three bedwetters are boys.

Tailbone-Sacrum development
The sacrum (or tailbone) develops as five separate segments. These segments remain separated until a child reaches puberty, at which time fusion of one sacral segment to another commences. Eventually, the sacrum will be one single bone with all five segments fused together, but this does not occur until the mid-20s.
Because the sacrum consists of separate segments during the early years of life, it is possible that misalignment of these segments can cause nerve irritation or facilitation. This nerve facilitation, especially to the area of the bladder, may be the cause of the inappropriate bladder function associated with bed-wetting.
As we have seen, the developing sacrum in the early childhood years remains highly mobile, existing as separate spinal segments. During this period, the sacrum can be subjected to repeated trauma from childhood falls and the early attempts at walking. This early trauma to the sacrum may be the major reason why bed-wetting in some patients ceases after the spine is adjusted.

The following studies are provided by International Chiropractic Pediatric Association
Results of the present study strongly suggest the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment for primary nocturnal enuresis. Twenty-five percent of the treatment-group children had 50% or more reduction in the wet night frequency from baseline to post-treatment while none among the control group had such reduction. The post-treatment mean wet night frequency of 7.6 nights/ 2 wk for the treatment group was significantly less than its baseline mean wet night frequency of 9.1 nights/2 wk. For the control group, there was practically no change (12.1 to 12.2 nights/2 wk) in the mean wet night frequency from the baseline to the post-treatment.
Improvement was obtained after the first adjustment and remained stable. The treatment effect, i.e. change from bed wetting to non bed-wetting, in children that had never been dry was large and relatively immediate.
Examination found fixation in L3 and both SI joints, following the restoration of SI function the patient’s mother reported the patient was now aware of bladder distention approximately 30 minutes before it was necessary to void. A slight loss of bladder sensitivity occurred 4 months after the release from treatment and responded immediately to manipulation.
In 171 children suffering with enuresis, The average number of bed wettings per week was 7, while at the end of the study the average number of bed wettings per week was reduced to 4. Additionally, 1% of patients were considered “dry” at the beginning of the study, while 15.5% were considered “dry” at the end of the study.
A controlled clinical trial of 46 primary enuretic children was over a period of 14 weeks to assist in evaluating the influence of chiropractic care. Subjects were between five and 13 years of age. There were 31 in the treatment group, which received a spinal evaluation and/or adjustment at a minimum of every ten days. The remaining 15 subjects were control which came in with the same frequency but received a “sham” adjustment over an equal period of time. Chiropractic care was rendered for ten weeks, preceded and followed by a 14-day non-treatment baseline. The mean post-treatment frequency of wet nights for the treatment group was significantly less than its pre-treatment frequency; while there was practically no difference between mean pre- and post-frequency for the control group. Subjects receiving chiropractic care averaged a 17.9% reduction in wet nights for the control over the same period of time.
The patient’s enuresis resolved with the use of manipulation. This happened in a manner that could not be attributed to time or placebo effect.

A chiropractic adjustment to the spine can reduce the bedwetting events and in time eliminate them. Dr. Joelle Johnson practices at Family First Chiropractic and Wellenss 142 Erickosn Drive, Red Deer 403-347-3261 www.family1stchiro.ca 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

CranioSacral Therapy and Mouth Work

CranioSacral Therapy and Mouth Work

I have been practicing CranioSacral therapy for 14 years this winter and it has helped me and many of my clients in that time.  When most people talk about this therapy they talk about headaches, birth trauma, or chronic pain.  CranioSacral therapy helps all these things.  But I would like to share my experience with CranioSacral therapy and mouth work.  It has changed me.
I should start with a little history.  Now, I did not have any serious mouth or jaw problems growing up that I can remember.  My biggest problem with my jaw was probably stress clenching.  I know that is not a scientific word but I am sure many people know what I am talking about.  As my stress would increase so would my jaw tension.  When I started taking CranioSacral therapy and receiving treatments is when I noticed a significant difference.  After my first mouth work treatment that I received I could not believe the difference.  My mouth felt bigger and much more relaxed.  I started raving about this to my clients and trying the techniques out on them.  From chronic headache sufferers to clients with braces, the results have been amazing.
Another benefit of mouth work, for me at least, has been the ability to speak more freely.  When we have increased tension in and around our mouths it may unknowingly inhibit our ability to speak.  When even some of our tension is released that allows us to speak.
Mouth work in CranioSacral Therapy is something I practice on most of my clients, especially the infants.  I often see children with birth trauma, tongue ties, etc. and I find that mouth work is essential for them to get the results that they need.  While treating infants I am constantly reassuring, explaining and sometimes even showing the parents how much pressure I am using on their children. 
When practicing CranioSacral therapy in the mouth it just as gentle as when you work outside the mouth.  Sometimes even more gentle.  The practitioner uses gloves and can better access some of the bones of the mouth, the teeth, and even some of the muscles.
To book an appointment with Jeannette Raskin R.M.T. C.S.T call 403-347-3261 at Family First Chiropractic and Wellness, 142 Erickson Drive. 



Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Pregnancy plowback pain and how chiropractic care can help

Low back pain during pregnancy: prevalence, risk factors, and outcomes.

This current study by Wang and Dezinno published in ObGyn reported that: The majority of respondents reported that LBP- Low Back Pain during pregnancy caused sleep disturbances and impaired daily living. The average pain was moderate in severity. Nearly 30% of respondents stopped performing at least one daily activity because of pain and reported that pain also impaired the performance of other routine tasks. Only 32% of the respondents with LBP during pregnancy informed their prenatal care providers of this problem, and only 25% of prenatal care providers recommended a treatment.

The study concludes that low back pain during pregnancy is a common problem that causes hardship in this population.


To find out about the benefits of chiropractic adjustments in pregnancy visit Dr. Joelle Johnson at her website www.family1stchiro.ca. Dr. Johnson practices at Family First Chiropractic and wellness, 142 Erickson Drive, Red Deer 403-347-3261