Bladder Infection (Cystitis)
An 11-year-old girl had been suffering from recurring bladder infections since she was two. When she came to see me, she had been taking antibiotics continuously for the past year. In her medical history, she had already been hospitalized several times for urethral dilatation or because of suppuration of the bladder. Cold feet as well as swimming were quite certain to trigger an infection. She drank about a liter of fluids daily.
In the examination, the bladder was conspicuous on the left side especially because of obvious spasm and immobility. The obturator foramen (left) was clearly tense reflectively and very sensitive to palpation. The lumbar spine was - also reflectively - blocked in the areas LVB 1-3. From this area of the lumbar spine, the bladder receives its neural supply.
I treated the bladder and surrounding structures, aiming to regain mobility in the bladder and improve circulation in the organ. In addition, I stressed the importance of increasing the amount of fluids consumed per day (3 liters per day). Both to "rinse" the bladder and thereby remove bacteria and to stretch it - similar to a balloon that is getting filled with water. When the bladder is as tense as it presented itself in this case, its defense system is insufficient because the spasm limits circulation in the bladder wall to the point where normal resistance to bacteria is no longer possible.
The patient returned for a follow-up after two weeks. She was no longer taking antibiotics, no more bacteria were found in the bladder, the bladder spasm had resolved itself, and mobility was obviously improved. She had clearly increased the amount of daily fluid intake - to the recommended three liters per day. In addition, she was greatly motivated by the success to keep this up. Further treatments were unnecessary. When I called her for a follow-up after another four weeks, the situation was still just as positive.
This case illustrates both how important circulation is for the organs and also how important the participation of the patient is in therapy.