Urinary Incontinence And The Central Nervous System
Can Nerve Irritation from the Spine Be A Cause?
When most people think of chiropractic they think of pain, numbness tingling and other musculoskeletal based syndromes. Twenty-four years ago this was my worldview also. Had it not been for my own health struggles and the subsequent recovery through Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care,
I'd have viewed chiropractic like most Americans. Upper Cervical Care is a nervous system based procedure. As a consequence when correcting structural problems in the neck we often see far-reaching changes in person physiology that is oftentimes shocking to the patient.
Incontinence And Blair Upper Cervical Care
When my kids were young we needed help with babysitting. My wife and I both worked full-time. We hired a gal that was great. One day she mentioned that she had severe sciatica. And so the story starts. She knew that I practiced a form of chiropractic and thought I could help with her leg pain.
I had to explain to her how correcting the upper neck could help sciatica. She was convinced enough by my explanation to give it a try. She came to the office. Was run through our protocol to determine if she had an upper neck misalignment that was interfering with nervous system function.
After we determined the answer to that question was yes we took a series of precise x-rays of her neck. She was corrected and over a few weeks was monitored to determine whether she "held" the correction or not. Two weeks into care she came to the house and exclaimed, " Dr. Hall I am not sure if this is related to what you have done but it can't be anything else.
I have had incontinence for the past several years and now I can control my bladder. " To the patient, this seems unreasonable. How could an upper neck correction influence the bladder?
The Connection Between The Neck And The Bladder- Incontinence
The Brain-Stem is responsible for controlling bladder function. (1) If the nervous system is controlling everything properly then the bladder and urination muscles function properly. However, if there is an irritation to the central nervous system this can disrupt normal function and cause certain parts of the body to malfunction.
The Upper Cervical Spine houses the brain-stem. If the neck has been injured and the atlas(c-1) is locked out of its normal range of motion it can interfere with normal function. This is the link. Prior neck injury leads to interference to the nervous system and subsequent lack of control of the bladder. There are many reports of bladder issues resolving through upper neck corrections. (1,2)
What Does An Upper Cervical Doctor Do that Improves Function and Health?
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care is a niche technique within the chiropractic profession. It focuses ALL of its attention in the upper neck. Injuries to the neck cause misalignment to the vertebra and damage to the ligaments and soft tissue. Upper Cervical Doctors are trained to locate these misalignments and precisely correct them.
There is no pulling, twisting, or cracking of the neck. It is painless, precise and effective. Once corrected the goal of the upper cervical doctor is to monitor the patient over time to ensure healing occurs. If the spinal segment locks again a correction is made.
When the patient is “holding ” the correction nothing is done. The goal is stabilization. Health returns with time and when the correction is "holding". Nature needs no help just no interference!