Acupuncture for bladder problems

Overactive bladder (OAB) or Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is the name for a group of symptoms. The most common symptom is a sudden, uncontrolled urge to urinate. Another symptom is the need to pass urine many times during the day and night.

Stress urinary incontinence is another common bladder problem characterised by leaking urine while sneezing, laughing, or doing physical activities.

A trial of electroacupuncture (EA) to acupuncture point SP6 has been shown in many studies to be effective for Overactive bladder symptoms. This has been referred to by urologists as Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) and relies on retrograde stimulation of the sacral plexus (which supplies the bladder) via the posterior tibial nerve. Studies have shown that this technique compares to the drug tolterodine without the drug-induced side effects. Often patients receive 12 treatments, depending on how it’s working.

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Acupuncture helped us with multiple health issues

We originally met Dr Hans Mathew at the Pain Clinic several years ago, where my wife was having treatment for Back Pain. Unfortunately, after several different treatments, she still had pain. We then decided to try Acupuncture with Dr Mathew. Amazingly after just one session her back pain was much reduced. My Wife also had a bladder problem and a persistent headache. So we started weekly sessions to try to treat those conditions. After several sessions, the bladder condition improved and the headaches have gradually improved. We have now moved to monthly sessions to keep the conditions under control. When we started, we did not know if Acupuncture would help, but we can now recommend it to Dr Hans Mathew. 

– P. P.

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