New Research Sheds Light on Chiropractic & Urinary Problems

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New Research Sheds Light on Chiropractic & Urinary Problems

Research Reveals Chiropractic May Help

Recent research reported in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, on a woman with urinary incontinence undergoing chiropractic care reveals that chiropractic could play an important role in co-managing patients with incontinence issues. “Research is revealing that there is a relationship between abnormalities in the spine, the nervous system and the brain” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study. “Basic science research shows that the proper development and function of the brain relies on proper structure and movement of the spine from an early age.”

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“It makes perfect sense when you think about it” stated Dr. McCoy. “Findings such as these show that chiropractic has an effect on the abdominal visceral organs and provides a connection with the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.  The autonomic nervous system is known to affect the entire body including the abdominal viscera and the musculoskeletal system.” 

According to McCoy “The nervous system needs the constant stimulation of movement in order to develop and function properly. Abnormal position or movement of the spinal vertebra can develop, and this can lead to nerve interference. It is this interference, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.” 

This research describes a 75-year-old female with urinary incontinence following a car accident and surgical procedure.  She had to get up to urinate up to three times a night for over six years.  This made it difficult for her to sleep through the night.  

The chiropractor examined her and found structural shifts in her head, neck, and low back.  Postural changes were noted throughout her spine and other testing confirmed these findings.  These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct. 

Following chiropractic adjustments she experienced resolution of her urinary incontinence.  She was able to now sleep through the night without having to get up to go to the bathroom. 

The study’s authors called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic in this population.

Contact Information: 

Matthew McCoy DC, MPH
Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research
McCoy Press