Effect of craniosacral therapy on lower urinary tract signs and symptoms in multiple sclerosis

Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 15 (2009) 72–75 Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice Effect of craniosacral therapy on lower urinary tract signs and symptomsin multiple sclerosis Gil Raviv ,,Shai Shefi , Dalia Nizani Anat Achiron a Urology Department, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Affiliated to the Sackler School of medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israelb Multiple Sclerosis Center, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Affiliated to the Sackler School of medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel To examine whether craniosacral therapy improves lower urinary tract symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. A prospective cohort study. Out-patient clinic of multiple sclerosis center in a referral medical center. Hands on craniosacral therapy (CST). Change in lower urinary tract symptoms, post voiding residual volume and quality of life. Patients from our multiple sclerosis clinic were assessedbefore and after craniosacral therapy. Evaluation included neurological examination, disability statusdetermination, ultrasonographic post voiding residual volume estimation and questionnaires regardinglower urinary tract symptoms and quality of life. Twenty eight patients met eligibility criteria and wereincluded in this study. Comparison of post voiding residual volume, lower urinary tract symptomsand quality of life before and after craniosacral therapy revealed a significant improvement(0.001 > p > 0.0001). CST was found to be an effective means for treating lower urinary tract symptomsand improving quality of life in MS patients.
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urinary bladder sphincter in the form of detrusor sphincter dys-synergia (DSD) may be present in a subset of MS patients.
Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), especially increased In an attempt to ease the burden of LUTS in MS patients, several urinary frequency and urgency are common complaints and a cause pharmalogical and non-pharmalogical treatments have been of impaired quality of life (QoL) in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients Among the pharmacological available agents, several with resultant significant physical and emotional stress upon options are available for MS patients in order to decrease number them.It has been shown that the correlation between subjective and amplitude of involuntary bladder contractions and increase its and objective measures of urinary function in MS patients is quite storage capacity. These include the oral anticholinergic drugs oxy- complex, further complicating follow-up, decision to treat and butynin, tolterodine and trospium in varying doses, and the intra- treatment evaluation.In the majority of MS patients LUTS have been shown to stem from bladder dysfunction and can be classified Recently, complementary medicine and unconventional thera- to have an upper motor neuron etiology. The pathological process pies have been shown to be effective for a wide range of medical in MS consists of a demyelinating process most commonly problems, including MS.Of those modalities, craniosacral therapy involving the posterior and lateral columns of the cervical spinal (CST) has been shown to be effective in treating several neurolog- cord, and therefore voiding dysfunction is quite Addi- ical conditions affecting the central nervous system tionally, the loss of supraspinal control which stems from demye- The craniosacral system is an integrated physiological system linating insult to the brain leads to involuntary reflexive bladder which consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that contractions having specific urodynamic characteristics, and surround and protect the brain and spinal cord, the bones to which sometimes to neurogenic incontinence.Moreover, bladder are- these membranes attach, and connective tissue elements ulti- flexia or impaired coordination of the detrusor muscle and the mately related to the membranes . The system extends from thebones of the skull, face and mouth which make up the craniumdown to the sacrum, or tailbone area. As with other human phys-iological systems, the craniosacral system may be either influenced * Corresponding author. Urology Department, Sheba Medical Center, Tel by or influences other systems, like the nervous, musculoskeletal, Hashomer, Affiliated to the Sackler School of medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel.
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doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2008.12.006 G. Raviv et al. / Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 15 (2009) 72–75 within the dural membrane has a rhythmical and independent motion, which persists throughout life. Craniosacral therapy isa gentle, hands-on technique which may be used to detect and Each patient underwent four cycles of CST. All treatments were correct imbalances in the craniosacral system that may be the cause performed by a single dedicated member of our treatment and of sensory, motor or neurological dysfunction. It takes advantage of follow-up team at the MS ambulatory center (ND). This therapist the fact that applying external force to specific bony elements of was trained to perform general physical therapy as well as CST for this system can be transmitted within We postulated that CST MS patients. The treatment plan in this study consisted of a weekly could be useful for treating LUTS in MS patients. Specifically, our 50 min session. Each session in turn consisted of the 10 step aim in this study was to evaluate the effects of CST on various LUTS protocol of CST as previously described by Upledger.Patients were and on associated QoL in these patients.
treated while lying on their back, with the therapist applying verygentle pressure on specific key points.
Statistical analysis of results included paired t-test using Med- This study was approved by the institutional review board.
Inclusion criteria were: (1) diagnosis of definitive MS; (2) LUTS Data are presented as mean Æ SD. P < 0.05 was considered duration of at least 3 months; (3) failure of past antimuscarinic a statistically significant result.
treatment for LUTS; and (4) OAB-V8 questionnaire score !8 (seebelow). Exclusion criteria were: (1) antimuscarinic treatment within the last 3 months; (2) indwelling or intermittent urinarycatheter; (3) post voiding residual volume (PVR) >200 cc; and (4) One hundred consecutive MS patients followed at the Sheba ultrasonographic evidence of upper urinary tract decompensation Medical Center MS Center were assessed for participation in this study. Twenty four MS females and four men met eligibility criteriaand were included in this study. Demographic and clinical char-acteristics are shown in Mean patient’s age was 51.5 Æ 12.6 (range 23–75) years. The mean duration of disease from diagnosiswas 9.1 Æ 7.1 (range 1–29) years. Urodynamic evaluation confirmed Pre-treatment clinical evaluation included a complete neuro- bladder hyperreflexia in all patients. In 16 (57%) detrusor sphincter logical examination, Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) score dyssinergia was noted. Mean PVR decreased from 150.9 ml before determination, ultrasonography of the kidneys and ureters to rule CST to 66.1 ml after CST (p < 0.01, t-test). Both voiding frequency out signs of upper urinary tract decompensation (hydronephrosis) and urinary urgency episodes were significantly reduced from with PVR estimation, assessment of urinary frequency and urgency, 5.1 Æ 0.9 and 5.4 Æ 1.1, respectively, before intervention, to 3.1 Æ 1.0 QoL estimation using a numeric 7-grade scale ) and and 3.4 Æ 1.4, respectively after CST (p < 0.001 for both, t-test).
formal urodynamic study. The EDSS is a MS specific tool used to Twenty two patients (79%) reported improved quality of life, while quantify neurological disability. The EDSS consists of an eight- six patients (21%) reported no change. Mean QoL score improved functional-system scale including motor, sensory, cerebellar, from 5.7 Æ 1.0 pre- to post-treatment 3.6 Æ 1.6 (p < 0.001, t-test) brainstem, visual, mental, sphincteric, and other functions. The (). No side effects of CST were observed, and compliance to EDSS score ranges from 0 (normal examination) to 10 (death from MS). A score of 6 indicates moderate disability requiring assistancewith walking a distance of 100 m.Post-treatment evaluation was performed after completion of four cycles of CST and includedultrasonographic PVR estimation, assessment of urinary frequency In addition to possible serious sequelae such as upper tract and urgency, and QoL estimation. Urinary frequency and urgency decompensation due to DSD, a significant proportion of MS were evaluated separately using the same numeric 6-grade scale patients suffer irritative LUTS like increased urinary frequency and / in which 1 is defined as ‘‘not at all’’, 2 – ‘‘less than one time in or urgency, which can adversely affect QoL.There are several five’’, 3 – ‘‘less than half the cases’’, 4 – ‘‘approximately half thecases’’, 5 – ‘‘more than half the cases’’, 6 – ‘‘almost always or always’’. Focused medical history with emphasis on disturbances of Demographic and clinical characteristics of the study group (n ¼ 28).
the urinary system was obtained from the OAB-V8 self question-naire, followed by clinical interviews. The OAB-V8 was previously described and validated for overactive bladder symptoms assess-ment.Briefly, eight questions are used to assess four aspects of LUTS including frequency and urgency of urination, nocturia and urinary incontinence. Each question is scored between 0 and 5, and a cumulative score of ! 8 is considered to indicate an overactive Ultrasonographic examination of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and PVR estimation was performed with the Aloka SSD-500, using EDSS: Expanded Disability Status Scale.
b PVR: post voiding residual volume.
a 3.5 MHz transducer. Urodynamic study was employed prior to initiation of CST as a part of our routine evaluation of all MS patients e See text for explanation of urinary frequency / urgency assessment.
G. Raviv et al. / Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 15 (2009) 72–75 Figure 1. Effect of CST on select parameters in MS patients. Left and right bars represent mean pre- and post-treatment results, respectively. 1: All paired t-test results for thecompared parameters were statistically significant: PVR – p < 0.01, Frequency – p < 0.001, Urgency – p < 0.001, QoL – p < 0.001.
pathophysiological mechanisms capable of causing neurological bladder a crede maneuver or CIC are usually helpful. Recently, it dysfunction related to the lower urinary tract in MS patients.
was suggested that non-pharmacological treatment alone or in Autopsy studies in this population have revealed almost constant combination with pharmacological treatment may be used to treat evidence of demyelinative process in the cervical spinal cord, but some of the functional disturbances of the urinary sy involvement of the lumbar and sacral cord occurs in approximately One of those treatment modalities is CST. The craniosacral system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that Based on these findings, one would expect the characteristic surrounds and protect the brain and spinal cord. In this study we voiding dysfunction in MS to be detrusor hyperreflexia with some showed that applying the therapeutic principles of CST was useful degree of sphincter abnormality. Indeed, detrusor hyperreflexia in alleviating LUTS associated with MS. The concept of the cranio- was the most common urodynamic abnormality detected in sacral physiological system was popularized in the early 1980s by 50–90% in various studies, while 30–65% of them had coexistent Upledger and other pioneers following their observations and However, it should be kept in mind that DSD can result in investigations. They characterized it as a semi-closed hydraulic elevated bladder pressures during micturation which leads to system which envelopes the brain and spinal cord and bounded by structural bladder damage, vesicoureteral reflux and subsequent to the meninx. Inside this system is the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), renal damage and insufficiency. Therefore, management strategies which shapes to some extent the meningeal borders of the system in these patients should fulfill three main principles: adequate deep to the cranial bones. These bones are used both as means for urine drainage, low pressure urine storage and low pressure void- evaluating and diagnosing patients and as handles in their treat- ing. By achieving these objectives patients will achieve better ment. Since the movement of the CSF is believed to be negligible, it control on their urinary function and decrease risk of upper urinary was postulated that applying pressure to a boundary of the craniosacral system results in its transmission throughout this Pharmacological treatment with the use of antimuscarinic system. Hence, CST is a method of alternative medicine involving agents has been used widely, especially for those with detrusor a form of physical therapy. The therapist manually applies a subtle hyperreflexia. However, in one hand, such treatment has potential movement to the spine and cranial bones in order to assess and unpleasant side effects like dry mouth, constipation and CNS irri- cause a coordinated movement of the CSF.
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