New Research on Urinary Retention Struggles

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New Research on Urinary Retention Struggles

Chiropractic Shown to Help Suffering

Recent research reported in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research on a woman with urinary retention reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in managing these patients. The literature review included supports the role of chiropractic in adults suffering from the related health challenges and calls for more research in this area.

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“Case studies are revealing that there is a relationship between abnormalities in the spine, the nervous system and urinary system” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study. 

McCoy added “The patient, who had previously seen little relief from conventional treatments and even underwent surgery, experienced substantial improvement in bladder function following chiropractic care; focused on addressing subluxations throughout the spine to alleviate pressure on the nervous system, thus enhancing urinary bladder control.”

According to researchers the nervous system controls and coordinates all functions of the body and structural shifts in the spine can occur that obstruct the nerves and interfere with their function. By removing the structural shifts, chiropractic improves nerve supply and function.

The 61-year-old woman in this study was suffering from urinary retention after a hysterectomy.   She woke multiple times a night to urinate, had trouble knowing when her bladder was full, and had difficulty starting to urinate and emptying her bladder.  Surgery did not relieve these symptoms. She also had symptoms of arthritis, allergies, neck pain, difficulty standing, upper back pain, mid back pain, lower back pain, and foot pain.

The chiropractor examined her and found structural shifts in her neck, upper back, and low back.  Tight muscles and restricted range of motion were noted.  X-rays confirmed these findings.  These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.

Following chiropractic adjustments, she experienced improvement in her bladder control.  She also noticed a reduction in her back pain and other symptomatology.

The study’s author called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic in women with bladder issues.

Matthew McCoy, DC, MPH
Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research
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