Managing Bladder Problems
There are any number of causes for bladder problems. One that many may have not considered is that it could be caused by back problems. According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), bladder problems are often associated with back problems such as disc lesions that put pressure on the spinal cord. Many of these issues can be handled by a chiropractor alone; however, many herbal supplements can help control an overactive bladder.
Chiropractic Treatment of Overactive Bladder
There is plenty of evidence to show that chiropractic care can go a long way to treat bladder problems. One such instance involved a patient that had been diagnosed with an overactive bladder (OAB). She was unable to sleep more than two hours at a time because she would have to get out of bed to relieve herself. During a chiropractic visit, she was also diagnosed with pubic symphysis shear dysfunction (pelvic pain). She received eight treatments over a month. During that time, her pelvic pain gradually lessened, and she was able to sleep for seven hours a night without interruption. A year later, she reported that she had no further problems with her bladder.
Chiropractic Treatment of Painful Bladder Syndrome
Interstitial cystitis (IC), or painful bladder syndrome, is a common condition that affects women more often than men. With IC, you feel bladder pressure, and often pain, that makes you feel as if you need to relieve yourself more often than you really do. Some people may even urinate over 50 times per day. Researchers have noted that patients who have IC also report back problems. They examined a number of cases to determine what effect chiropractic treatments had on IC, and found a long track record of positive results.
Men and women of varying ages in Scotland reported lower back pack pain that was associated with urinary or bladder problems. In one case, a man who had lower back pain and frequent urination for approximately 40 years underwent chiropractic treatment for 2 months. His back and urinary problems were resolved until six month later, when he injured his back. The pain and urinary problems immediately returned. After four more weeks of treatment, his problems were again resolved. In a similar case, a man experienced recurring lower back pain due to injury with difficulty urinating. After treatment, his episodes of back pain occurred less often, and the difficulty urinating would only occur every fourth or fifth episode.
Another case included a woman with 40 years of spinal pain related to a fall and chronic cystitis (inflammation of the bladder). After two months of treatment, her symptoms disappeared. When the pain resurfaced, the cystitis would return for no more than 24 hours. In yet another case, a woman reporting six years of back pain had recently given birth, losing sensation in her bladder. She was referred for chiropractic treatment, and after the second treatment, sensation returned to her bladder.
There were several more cases in this exhaustive study, and in each case, there was significant improvement in bladder and urinary function. Researchers conclude that, although some of the patients had a recurrence of bladder problems when aggravating their spinal problems, there is strong evidence that chiropractic treatment can also treat painful bladder syndrome.