Can upper cervical health care help strabismus?

By Dr. Philip Schalow

Strabismus is a disorder in which the eyes stray off their normal pathways. You might know someone who has an eye (or two) that wanders off to the side while you’re talking with them.

The eye muscles are managed by nerves that come out of the middle part of the brain, and are themselves subject to receiving proper blood flow in order to function normally.

With birth injuries or other early childhood trauma, the head and neck relationship can become misaligned and restrict blood flow, nerve flow and the flow of fluids in the brain. That’s one of the causes of strabismus.

Usually, the simple eye examination we do reveals the source of the problem, and the elegantly complex work of the upper cervical correction can correct it.

Does that mean the upper cervical doctor is in competition with eye surgeons? No. It only means that if conservative care like upper cervical chiropractic is indicated, and the wandering eyes fail to heal over time with the additional use of specialized eye care, then alternative care such as surgery may be considered.

Dr. Philip Schalow is a NUCCA practitioner in Rockford. He owns 1st Step Chiropractic, S.C., 4519 Highcrest Road, Rockford. Call (815) 398-4500 for details or visit

From the June 11-17, 2014, issue

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