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Chiropractic Helps 11 Year Old Boy With Bedwetting - A Case Study

A research article published on October 19, 2010 in the scientific periodical, the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health, documented the case study of an 11-year-old boy with a history of bedwetting and attention problems who was helped with chiropractic care.

The study reports that bedwetting is an extremely common problem in children, affecting between approximately 10 to 20.4% of children up to 7 years old. They note that among that group there is a spontaneous cure rate of 15% per year with about 2.3% of childhood bedwetters becoming adult bedwetters. The authors also point out that statistically there is a clear correlation between nocturnal enuresis and disruptive behaviour as well as ADHD.

In this case an 11-year-old boy was brought to a chiropractor by his mother, for both his bedwetting, which occurred seven nights per week, and his attention problems. Both of these problems were present his entire life. The history notes that in his 11 years he had a total of 5-10 courses of antibiotics, and 5-10 total prescription medications.

A chiropractic examination and x-rays were performed and it was determined that there were various subluxations present, causing interference to his nervous system. Based upon the findings a course of specific adjustments was initiated to correct the subluxations.

In this case the boy was seen a total of 33 times over the course of his corrective care. During that time the study results showed that his bedwetting dramatically improved from 7 days per week to one time every two-three weeks. Additionally, the boy and his mother both reported that his attention problem also improved.

In the conclusion, the author summed up the boy’s case by stating; “He was diagnosed with vertebral subluxations by his chiropractor. These vertebral subluxations were reduced using a series of chiropractic adjustments and his symptoms started

Pack it Light: Handbags

Some women carry the whole world in their handbag, but a heavy bag or purse can cause pain and injury to your back, neck and shoulders. Overstuffed bags also cause poor posture by encouraging the carrier to lean to one side.

The good news is pain and injury can be easily avoided by following a few simple tips.

Choosing a handbag

  1. Choose a handbag that is proportionate to your body size and no larger than what is needed. Your handbag should not weigh more than 10 per cent of your body weight.
  2. Choose a handbag that has several individual pockets, instead of one large compartment. This will help to distribute the weight of the contents more evenly and keep them from shifting.

Packing a handbag

  • Change the size and weight of your wallet once in a while. You may also consider one wallet for your work and a different one for when you go out, as you may need different objects for both.
  • Ensure the weight is evenly distributed in the purse by using all the pockets.
  • Carrying a handbag

    1. Use both hands to check the weight of the handbag.
    2. Instead of always carrying your handbag on the same shoulder, switch sides often so each shoulder gets a rest.
    3. Square your shoulders - many women have a habit of lifting the shoulder on which the purse is carried to keep the straps from slipping.

    More tips

    1. Try to maintain good posture. When standing, your head, shoulders, hips and ankles should line-up, one comfortably above the other.
    2. If you can walk to lunch or a meeting, lock your purse in your desk or locker and carry only your cash and/or credit cards in a pocket.


    Snow shoveling places a stress on our heart and our back. One full shovel-load of wet snow could weigh up to 11 kilograms (25 pounds). The cold air makes it harder to work and breathe. Cold, tight muscles are more likely to be strained or sprained


    • Consider your health risks - maybe you should hire someone instead.
    • Warm up first with a few stretches.
    • Dress warmly and in layers.


    • The handle of a shovel is the right length if you can bend your knees and hips slightly and put the blade on the ground comfortably.
    • A plastic blade is lighter than a metal blade. A smaller blade is better than a bigger one.
    • Spray the blade with silicone to prevent the snow from sticking.
    • Push blades or scoops are better than shovels.


    • Start shoveling early in the snowfall before too much is down. Or tackle the snow in two layers, removing the top 5-7 centimeters (2-3 inches) first.
    • Practice good body mechanics - keep your feet apart, bend at the waist and hips and keep your back straight. Tighten your stomach muscles and do not twist.
    • Push the snow out of the way whenever you can.
    • Start slow and consider 5-7 minutes of shoveling and 2-3 minutes rest. During the rest break stand up straight and walk around to extend your back.

    Cool Down:

    • Remove damp clothing once back in the house.
    • Make sure to drink water to re-hydrate.
    • Stand at the window and admire your handiwork before you sit down to rest.
    • Walk around or stretch back

    Warning: Stop shoveling and call 911 if you experience:

    • Discomfort or heaviness in chest, arms or neck.
    • Unusual or prolonged shortness of breath.
    • Dizzy or faint feeling, blurred vision.
    • Excessive sweating, nausea or vomiting

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