Coping with Incontinence Through Chiropractic Care

Urinary incontinence is one of those issues that no one really enjoys discussing and certainly not many are willing to claim as one of the problems that plagues them. It really isn’t anything to be ashamed of and individuals who cope with incontinence should remember that they are in good company. As many as one-third of all men and women suffer from urinary incontinence and an even greater number manage overactive bladders. The different types of conditions that might make urinary incontinence more common may surprise people. This is not simply an issue that older individuals must resign themselves to, but it can affect individuals of all ages and levels of health.

Causes of Urinary Incontinence

The most common group of individuals who will tend to have incontinence issues includes the elderly population. Aging individuals tend to lose a small amount of control of their bladder as the muscles in the area of the bladder weaken. Smokers are also at a higher likelihood of suffering from incontinence. The risk relative to men generally occurs most often when men have issues with their prostate. The increased likelihood exists with women due to their age, if they have been pregnant before, and how many children they have delivered. As many women age and experience menopause, the drop in hormones that occurs can bring on urinary incontinence. Another notable factor that can often increase the likelihood that an individual will experience urinary incontinence in their day-to-day life is if they are obese. It is important that the muscles surrounding the bladder and responsible for the sphincter function are strong and in shape. When they aren’t, incontinence can occur more frequently and more severely. Sometimes, even external factors, such as the ingestion of certain medications, can make urinary incontinence become a problem. Other health conditions that may lead to an increased presence of incontinence include hypertension, history of stroke, and diabetes.

What Can Your Lilburn Chiropractor Do to Help Manage Your Urinary Incontinence?

Many case studies provide testimony to support that with regular chiropractic care, practice members can experience relief of the frequency with which they struggle to control their bladder. Chiropractic evaluations help practitioners such as Dr. Esther Widjaja to determine what spinal issues may exist which exacerbate the incontinence troubles. Most commonly, these issues will be pain in the pelvis and lower back or lack of muscle support in the surrounding areas. Many incontinence sufferers are able to rely far less on other measures, such as absorbency pads, when they turn to chiropractic care as a management tool. This can be such a great relief and allows individuals to get over the worst of the incontinence symptoms.

Get the Help You Need Today!

If you have struggles with the discomfort and embarrassment that follow a urinary incontinence diagnosis, contact your Lilburn chiropractor today to see what Dr. Esther Widjaja can do for you or your loved ones. Dr. Esther serves the Lilburn area and several surrounding cities, such as Peachtree Corners, Duluth, Dunwoody, Chamblee, Norcross, John’s Creek, and northeast metro Atlanta. Come in and experience relief.

 

Sources

Cuthbert, S.C., Rosner, A.L. “Conservative Chiropractic Management of Urinary Incontinence Using Applied Kinesiology: A Retrospective Case-Series Report.” Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2012 Mar; 11(1): 49-57. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3315873/.

Nordqvist, C. “Urinary Incontinence: Causes, Treatments, and Symptoms.” Medical News Today. www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/165408.php.

“What Is Urinary Incontinence?” Urology Care Foundation. www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/urinary-incontinence.

Zhang, J., Haselden, J., Tepe, R. “A Case Series of Reduced Urinary Incontinence in Elderly Patients Following Chiropractic Manipulation.” Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2006 Fall; 5(3): 88-91. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2647065/.