Chiropractic and stroke

This is a topic that I have known about dating back to my medical residency days in the 1970’s. That is manipulation of the neck can cause strokes! This was reported in the MAYO CLINIC JOURNAL in the mid 70’s and again in a recent article in the journal STROKE. Ruptured neck arteries can occur spontaneously or be associated with car accidents or sporting injuries. However, it is well documented that it is also associated with cervical spine manipulation therapy. The moral of the story is to be gentle with your neck. Try to avoid too much extension or rotation during therapy. And, if therapy is necessary, ask your physician to refer you to a licensed and experienced physical therapist.

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