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Chiropractic Research Review

Spinal Manipulation Improves Vision?

Instances of visual field loss, excluding ocular causes, are traditionally attributed to psychoneurosis (in diagnostic terms: "functional visual loss" or "hysterical amblyopia").

Usually patients have been referred for psychological or psychiatric counseling, but studies suggest that such treatment may not be effective.

This article documents on the recovery of visual field loss following spinal manipulation. Seventeen consecutive patients ranging in age from 9 to 52, and of widely varying backgrounds received outpatient spinal adjustments as the sole method of treatment for concentric narrowing of the visual fields. Complete recovery of the visual fields occurred in 11 patients who completed the course of chiropractic treatments.

The recovery of visual fields with spinal manipulation challenges the presently accepted pathogenesis of "hysterical amblyopia," a form of hysteria. The patients' positive responses in this study indicate that more research is required to determine if this form of visual loss may be a manifestation of cerebral vascular hypoperfusion or other disorders that may respond to spinal manipulation.

Stephens D, Mealing D, Pollard H, et al. Treatment of visual field loss by spinal manipulation: A report on 17 patients. Journal of the Neuromusculoskeletal System, Summer 1998;6(2), pp53-66.

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