New Research on Kids with Bedwetting & Constipation

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New Research on Kids with Bedwetting & Constipation

Chiropractic Shown to Help 

Recent research reporting on improvement in a 9 year old girl reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in managing children suffering from constipation and bedwetting. The research, reported in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic, includes a review of the literature supporting the role of chiropractic in children suffering from constipation and bedwetting and calls for more research in this area.

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“Numerous case studies and some clinical studies are revealing that there is a relationship between structural shifts in the spine, how they obstruct the nervous system and the various problems children suffer from like constipation and bedwetting.” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study. Other chiropractic researchers have reported on similar results and reviews of the scientific research reveal numerous other studies that have shown a similar connection. 

Ordinarily, infants suffering from constipation may be given medications that - in many cases, have not been fully studied in children. Uncovering the cause of the gastrointestinal issues is a much better strategy.  In the case of bedwetting, known medically as enuresis, all sorts of strategies are used to try and stop the child from wetting the bed, however, just as in constipation, uncovering the cause of the bed wetting is a much better strategy. 

The child reported on in the study was a 9 year old girl who presented to the chiropractor with a history of daytime and night time enuresis (bedwetting) and chronic constipation.  The patient’s mother reported to have had a full term pregnancy with a labor time of 11 hours, ending in a cesarean section. The child was intolerant to red dye and suffered from digestive issues. She had infrequent bowel movements that were difficult and painful to pass. She received all childhood vaccines on schedule, however, days after each vaccine was administered a 101° fever was noted.  

The chiropractor examined the child and found abnormal posture, decreased spinal range of motion, uneven weight distribution, muscles spasms in her spine and most significantly these were all being caused by structural shifts in her neck, mid back, low back and her pelvis that were obstructing her nervous system. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct. 

After the patient’s first chiropractic adjustment the child experienced several bowel movements and remained dry for three consecutive nights. After continued care the child no longer experienced daytime or nighttime loss of urine control and experiences one to two bowel movements per day. 

The authors called for more research on chiropractic and the management of enuresis and constipation.  

Contact Information: 

Matthew McCoy DC, MPH
Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic

McCoy Press