WHAT IS BEDWETTING?
One common issue children experience is wetting the bed. Chronic bedwetting, also called nocturnal enuresis, is diagnosed when it occurs two or more times each month. Despite its prevalence among children in all age groups, bedwetting is not talked about nearly enough, which is likely due to shame and embarrassment from the parents and children themselves. At Integrative Pain and Wellness Center, osteopathic physicians Dr. Matthew Barker and Dr. Melanie Gray are pleased to offer OMT (osteopathic manipulative treatment) for kids who wet the bed and provide some relief. While manual medicine for bedwetting is a practice still in its infancy and research stages, Dr. Barker and Dr. Gray have noticed up to 90% of patients who received OMT for bedwetting had their conditions improve or reversed altogether. Reach out to our office in Southlake, TX and serving the surrounding areas of Midland, and Odessa, TX to learn more about how osteopathic manipulative treatment can improve the bladder health of your child.
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CANDIDATES FOR BEDWETTING TREATMENT
Kids of all ages who wet the bed are candidates for osteopathic manipulative treatment. Since these therapies involve the use of the hands and no other medical tools, they are noninvasive and require no anesthesia, surgery, or downtime. Dr. Barker and Dr. Gray see patients in a comfortable, welcoming environment that will keep your child at ease and let you know that they're in good hands. During a private consultation, we will ask you and your child about the frequency of their bedwetting and any other issues they may be experiencing that could be related to this phenomenon. Once this is done, we will take the time to figure out the root cause of your child's condition.
HOW IS OMT FOR BEDWETTING DONE?
Before we begin treatment, our team will first identify the potential cause of your child's bedwetting. Bed soiling can be caused by a range of issues or can originate from several areas of the body, such as genetic predisposition, an imbalance of arginine vasopressin, bladder problems, constipation, and sleep disorders. Certain trauma and irritations to the musculoskeletal system can cause disruption to other organ systems through the meridian pathways of the body. OMT works to identify these disruptions and uses manual techniques to release muscle and organ tension to improve movement, flow, and function.
OMT for Bedwetting FAQ
Is bedwetting a common issue?
Yes, bedwetting is relatively common, especially among children. It is estimated that about 5 – 10% of 5-year-olds and up to 3% of 10-year-olds experience bedwetting. However, it can also affect adolescents and adults.
What causes bedwetting?
Bedwetting may have various causes, including:
- Delayed development of the central nervous system controlling bladder function
- Reduced nighttime production of antidiuretic hormone (ADH), which helps concentrate urine and minimize urine production during sleep
- Small bladder capacity or overactive bladder
- Emotional or psychological factors, such as stress or anxiety
- Urinary tract infections or other medical conditions
What are some OMT techniques that could be used for bedwetting?
Some OMT techniques that could potentially be used to manage bedwetting at Integrative Pain and Wellness Center include myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and visceral manipulation. These techniques involve gentle manipulation and mobilization of various body structures to improve their function and address any potential dysfunctions that could contribute to bedwetting.
PUT AN END TO WETTING THE BED
As we continue to learn more about the causes of bedwetting, our team at Integrative Pain and Wellness Center strives to provide comprehensive diagnoses and effective manual approaches to reduce the frequency of accidents and target the issue at its root. Dr. Matthew Barker and Dr. Melanie Gray make it a point to stay at the forefront of developments and research in this area of child care. If your son or daughter wets the bed more than twice a month, reach out to our team in Southlake, TX and schedule a consultation. We work closely with young patients all the time and are dedicated to forming a relationship built upon trust with you and your child.