How to get rid of bedwetting by trying osteopathy?
Enuresis, commonly called “bedwetting” is very common in children up to 4 to 5 years. About 15% of this age is children. However, nocturnal enuresis affects a number of children above this age, and sometimes adolescents. Using osteopathy can be an alternative to reduce or even end enuresis. Of course, its effectiveness depends on the nature of the cases.
Zoom on enuresis and its osteopathic care !
Enuresis: what is it?
Enuresis, or bedwetting, is the involuntary emission of urine most often during sleep. Indeed, it can be diurnal and / or nocturnal. It can be primary forever or secondary, after a period of cleanliness of at least 6 months.
- Primary enuresis is the classic “bedwetting”, which is more common in boys. In this case, the child has never stopped peeing in bed at night, or at least not for a period of at least one semester.
- Secondary enuresis appears after a first stage of cleanliness. These include the form of enuresis that affects older children and adolescents or adults. Secondary enuresis is often linked to emotional trauma. For children, it can be the loss of a parent, a divorce, a new birth in the family …
If the enuretic disorder is physically benign, it can be very embarrassing if only in terms of health effects. Moreover, within the siblings, we often make fun of the one who pee in bed. This has the effect of affecting the child psychologically and emotionally.
Enuresis: what are the causes?
The causes of enuresis are multiple. In nocturnal enuresis, three factors are often involved.
- The first is the excess volume of urine produced during sleep, due to a hormone deficiency (ADH), which tends to correct itself over time.
- The second is the reduction of bladder capacity.
- Finally, the third is the disturbance of the awakening threshold. This is due to a lack of neurological maturation in the central nervous system.
In addition, there may be other causes such as delayed development of the bladder and nerves that control urine retention. In addition, and sometimes incriminated, too weak antidiuretic secretion during sleep, due to heredity.
Sometimes it’s just a bad habit to get hydrated, that is, taking too much drinks in the second half of the day. This is why it is necessary in all cases to make a diagnosis by the doctor in order to understand the causes of enuresis.
Enuresis: What is the role of osteopathy?
It should be known that beyond the usual treatments whose effectiveness is relative, osteopathy can be a natural alternative that can give good results. The first job of your osteo will be to make sure that the enuresis of the patient falls within his osteopathic competence.
In positive cases, its therapeutic action will be implemented alone, or jointly with the treating physician. Your osteopath’s approach will be global. Indeed, to do this, he will look for mobility losses in the small pelvis, column or abdomen. This in order to highlight the tensions on the urinary system, at the origin of enuresis.
Moreover, in cases of enuresis due to emotional shocks, special attention will be paid to stress-related areas (diaphragm, craniosacral axis, thorax …). The goal is to make sure that the enuretic child is feeling good about yourself and in his mind.
Indeed, in this type of case, we know the link between the psyche and the soma. This is why the physical balance comes first and foremost by psychological well-being. Ultimately, good coordination work on the mental and physical will increase the efficiency of osteopathy.
In some cases, it will be necessary for the work of the osteopath to be conducted in concert with other specialists: psychologist or sophrologist. The resolution or the healing of enuresis takes time and patience. This is why it is often necessary to follow a certain number of sessions. This is to notice an improvement that is to say a decrease in periods of incontinence. In the best situations, we are pleased to note that enuresis has disappeared.
About the author
Julie is a senior osteopath who graduated in 2008, after 6 six years full-time studies at ISO Paris Est. She was an instructor from 2008 to 2011 at ISO Paris Est, teaching osteopathy in sports, supervising student internships, and creating sport internships. She had her own clinic in Paris.Learn more about Julie