What is Enuresis?

Most children wet the bed or have wetting incidents following the toilet training stage, but by age 4 or 5, the majority establish complete bladder control.  Enuresis is the inability of a child to control his or her bladder resulting in involuntary urination.  There are two types:Primary enuresis occurs in a child older than 5 who has never been able to establish proper bladder control.

Secondary enuresis is the diagnosis for a child who has been able to establish proper bladder control, but who has since lapsed back to wetting the bed.  In most cases, bed-wetting is considered just an unfortunate childhood problem, and no outside treatment is needed.

Begin your enuresis treatment by contacting our veteran Crystal Lake chiropractors today.



Many factors may be involved in the development of enuresis. Involuntary, or non-intentional, release of urine may result from:

  • Nerve interference or impingement
  • Spinal cord disorders
  • Persistent urinary tract infections
  • Severe stress
  • Developmental delays that interfere with toilet training
  • A small bladder

Diagnosis & Treatment

The chiropractic approach to treating a child with enuresis is to perform a series of adjustments to the spinal segments that correlate with the nerves that control bladder function, located in the lumbar spine or sacrum.  Most importantly, the chiropractic evaluation and adjustment processes are non-threatening and comfortable for the child, who may already be experiencing anxiety from the problem.