There is growing medical evidence that improperly performed chiropractic adjustments of the neck can cause a stroke. A properly performed adjustment of the cervical spine should be directly from side to side. If, however, there is any upward movement of the head during the adjustment, a vertebral artery can become dissected (inside of artery is torn). This results in blood filling into the tear which prevents blood blow to the brain. When blood flow to the brain is restricted blood clots can form which further reduce blood and oxygen reaching the brain. The stroke can occur while the patient is on the table or it can occur over the next several days as a small tear in the artery gradually becomes larger to the point where blood flow is restricted.
If you or a loved one have suffered a stroke as a result of a chiropractic adjust, you can call Mike at 913-789-7477 to request a free consultation.