Do you experience involuntary urine leakage? Does sneezing or coughing make matters worse? Do you feel embarrassed and wonder if anything can be done?
Having trouble with bladder control is common. This condition can strike anyone; however, it’s more common in certain groups. Around 80 per cent of women suffer from urinary incontinence (UI), especially after childbirth and menopause. Statistics point to only a low chance of recovery. So, what’s being missed?
Chiropractors know that the “parts” of the body aren't separate. Every piece is linked. Research into how back pain or back issues may affect or cause UI still isn’t clear, but a few studies have found some possible connections. In fact, it may be more than that; the presence of one condition appears to make the other more likely.
Relief could be within sight if it’s possible to help both conditions at once. Chiropractic research and clinical results show chiropractic care can be an effective treatment for a sore back. But, could adjusting the spine also help urinary incontinence?
A small 2012 study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine described the outcome of 21 female patients under chiropractic care. All had urinary incontinence to varying degrees, along with low back or pelvic pain. Chiropractic adjustments and other treatments were given. Joint functions and muscle problems were addressed. The symptoms of UI resolved in ten of the patients; there was a marked improvement for seven people, and a slight improvement for four.
The researchers followed-up with these patients two to six years after the study ended. For each person, the improvements of UI remained stable. That is, the benefits continued. For years! The results of this chiropractic study do offer some hope but more research is needed.
If you suffer from urinary incontinence, speak to us. Chiropractic care may offer a natural, safe, non-invasive way to help you find respite and recovery.
* If back pain and incontinence happen suddenly at the same time, it can indicate a serious problem that requires immediate medical attention.