When you think about overactive bladder, consulting a chiropractor may not be something that immediately comes to mind. However, there are a number of chiropractic treatments that seek to determine the underlying cause while also working to alleviate the symptoms you are experiencing.
An overactive bladder can keep you from doing many things that you love since you constantly need to be close to a bathroom. We at Drobbin Chiropractic know that you want to live a life that allows you to stray from the bathroom and we know which treatments will work for you.
What is Overactive Bladder?
Overactive bladder occurs when the storage function of the bladder is dysfunctional. It causes you to get a sudden urge to urinate that you may not be able to control. This can lead to urinary incontinence, or an involuntary loss of urine.The following are symptoms of an overactive bladder:
- Needing to urinate a minimum of two times per night
- An urge to urinate that results in urine leakage
- Throughout the day, you urinate at least eight times
- When you feel the urge to urinate, you feel like you must go immediately
A number of issues can result in overactive bladder, including:
- Nerve Damage: This can cause the bladder and brain to miscommunicate, leading to more frequent urination.
- Medications: Certain medications may interrupt signals to the brain causing bladder overflow.
- Excess Weight: There is more pressure on the bladder when someone is carrying excess weight.
- Weak Pelvic Muscles: This allows the bladder to sag.
- Infection: Bladder nerve irritation can occur with a urinary tract infection.
How Drobbin Chiropractic Can Help You with Your Symptoms
We will first determine the underlying cause of your overactive bladder and if it turns out that impaired nerve function is the cause, chiropractic treatments may help. The purpose of chiropractic treatments for this condition is to ensure proper body alignment so that the body can heal itself. Once the body starts to heal itself, there will be no interrupted nerve transmission to cause your symptoms.
We will typically perform a spinal adjustment in this case, a manual manipulation to ensure that the vertebrae of your spine are in the proper alignment. This can alleviate any nerve impingements that may be causing your overactive bladder symptoms.
Another treatment that we recommend is bladder training. This is something that you mostly do at home, but you will get the full instructions at your chiropractor’s office. You will keep a journal detailing your urinary and fluid intake habits throughout the day. This allows you to make the best decisions to prevent frequent trips to the bathroom, especially at night. This training may also involve Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.
At Drobbin Chiropractic we ensure that you get the individualized attention that you deserve.