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Chiropractic May Help Visual Disturbances in Kids

Posted: May 22, 2024
By: Dr Rubin & Snaedis Logadottir

Visual disturbances, ranging from double vision to narrowed visual fields, have been reported to improve following chiropractic manipulation. This intriguing case outlines the resolution of intermittent double vision and over-convergence in a 13-year-old boy after chiropractic care. The patient's symptoms, which had persisted for a year and worsened with schoolwork, were attributed to accommodative/convergence insufficiency, a condition affecting eye alignment and focus.

Upon referral from an optometrist, chiropractic evaluation revealed vertebral dysfunction in the cervical and lumbopelvic spine. Treatment involved spinal adjustments and manipulation to correct the identified dysfunctions. Remarkably, the patient reported full symptom resolution after just one visit, with sustained improvement noted over subsequent appointments.

The case underscores the potential role of chiropractic care in addressing visual disturbances associated with mechanical neck and back issues. While the exact mechanisms behind these improvements remain under investigation, theories suggest that chiropractic adjustments may enhance neural integrity and cerebral blood flow, aiding in the restoration of visual function. Further research is needed to quantify the efficacy of chiropractic interventions in cases of sensory system impairments, highlighting the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in optimizing patient outcomes.

This is why Dr. Rubin makes sure to check eye functioning of all children, because the eyes are the 'windows into the brain!'

Reference: Gabrielle Tymms, BAppSc(ClinSc)/BChiroSc. Visual Recovery from Diplopia in a 13–Year-Old Following Chiropractic Intervention. Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics Volume 12, No. 1, June 2011.

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