Riding a roller coaster helps to remove small kidney stones, this may sound to you little absurd similar to what Dr. David Wartinger and Dr. Marc Mitchell earlier felt. But later when most of their patient came up saying the same story, they gave a thought to experiment it by themselves. Dr. David Wartinger and Dr. Marc Mitchell did a research on this topic and published their learning in Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA).
Kidney stones are hard deposits of minerals and acid salts that stick together in concentrated urine. They can range in size, from a tiny grain of sand to the size of a golf ball. They can be painful when passing through the urinary tract and in worst scenario the pain could almost be equal to giving birth to a child.
The most common symptom is severe pain, usually on the side of the abdomen, that’s often associated with nausea. Treatment includes pain relievers and drinking lots of water to help pass the stone. Medical procedures may be needed to remove or break up larger stones.
Dr. Wartinger compiled people’s stories, and he realized that the common factor was having ridden Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Disney Land. So the first thing he did is created a clear silicone model of a patients Kidney by using a 3-D printer and booked a ticket to Walt Disney world. They got prior approval from Walt Disney authorities for carrying the model kidney onto the rides.
Researchers held the backpack between them “at kidney height” to try to subject the model to the same forces that a person would experience. After conducting almost 60 rides Dr. Wartinger and Dr. Marc Mitchell reached to some conclusions. They found that seating assignment on the roller cast was also an important factor. According to the study, when the researchers were seated in the rear car of the roller coaster, the kidney stones, regardless of their size or location in the kidney, passed nearly 64 percent of the time. Whereas the success rate of stone passage was less (only 16.7 percent) when the researcher sat in the front of the roller coaster.
You may still question how is it possible? This is no rocket science, nothing fancy and nothing difficult to understand. It is just a mechanical phenomenon. A kidney stone is a rock which gets lodged in the physical passageways of the kidney. So the right amount of shaking and rattling helps it pass down the bladder.
Although there are some limitations of this research as the study was conducted on a 3-D model of kidney and not real person kidney. But the results rate show that going for a roller coaster ride can be beneficial for people having the kidney stone. Of course, you don’t need to book a ride for Walt Disney any other roller coaster ride would also do.