Chiropractic Treatment Medical Risks

Risk of Arterial Dissection and Stroke The American Heart Association recognizes that chiropractic neck manipulations, or having your neck adjusted by a chiropractor, may be associated with an increased risk of stroke. This is because chiropractic cervical manipulation may lead to vertebral artery dissection, or a tearing of the inner lining of the artery. The risk of arterial dissection is even higher among people who have existing risk factors or a history of smoking. However, arterial dissection may occur in anyone, even if they have been receiving chiropractic treatment for years without...

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The Dangers of Chiropractic Manipulations

According to the American Chiropractic Association, about 30 million Americans visit a chiropractor every year. Most of the people who visit a chiropractor believe chiropractic manipulations to be completely safe.  Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Risk of Stroke One of the most extreme dangers associated with chiropractic manipulations is the risk of having a stroke caused by vertebral artery dissection. A vertebral artery dissection is the tearing of an artery that can occur as a result of a neck manipulation. Due to the high speed and thrust of a neck manipulation, the artery can...

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