Incontinence and Chiropractic Care
When our bladder doesn’t function properly, it can lead to a lack of muscle control and urine leakage. Not only can this become an embarrassing problem, but it can also impact quality of life for many people. In fact, up to a quarter of Americans report some level of urinary incontinence. This group of people spans men and women, as well as those in the age ranges of 30 to 60 and older, due to a range of health factors and contributing factors to the issue. For those seeking to regain control of their bladder, a Snellville chiropractor may have the answer.
Why Incontinence Happens
Our bladder is closed off by a muscle known as a sphincter. When functioning correctly, this sphincter remains closed until it is triggered to open when using the restroom. But in the case of incontinence, the sphincter is not properly controlled and can open at inopportune times.
Many people associate incontinence with the elderly, but it can happen to anyone. For women, in particular, incontinence can kick it at an early age. This is, in part, because of the effects of multiple pregnancies and childbirth, which may weaken the muscles in the bladder.
Other risk factors include obesity, smoking, diabetes, kidney disease, and prostate problems.
Addressing Incontinence with Chiropractic Care
Some behavioral changes can be effective in managing incontinence and improving bladder function. For example, monitoring and limiting liquid intake and utilizing bladder training can be effective. Kegel exercises and medications are also commonly recommended, and in extreme cases, surgery may even be proposed.
However, chiropractic care is a non-invasive and effective way to naturally address urinary incontinence. The bladder muscles are ultimately controlled by the central nervous system, which works alongside the spine to ensure proper communication between all bodily systems. When the spine is compromised by something like pressure on the spinal cord, the urinary system can suffer.
Gentle adjustments from a Snellville chiropractor like Dr. Dionne Anderson can help the spine return to proper alignment, reducing a range of health issues and improving bladder control.
Proven Results for Urinary Incontinence
Many people suffering from urinary incontinence have sought chiropractic care and benefitted. One study followed 21 people between 13 and 90 years old who struggled with bladder control; after receiving chiropractic care, all 21 saw an improvement, and about half regained complete control. Another group of 13 patients received care for up to 8 weeks and reported significant reductions in nightly urination.
If you struggle with incontinence, you are not alone. The team at Hand and Heart Chiropractic is ready to listen to your concerns without judgment and create a personalized plan of care aimed at helping you regain control of your bladder and your life. Dr. Dionne Anderson focuses on natural and effective adjustments, offering a non-invasive way to return your bladder to full function and improve your overall well-being.
Whether you are struggling with incontinence or want to prevent it from becoming an issue in the future, contact us today to get started.
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