There are many current studies suggesting that spinal manipulation is safe and effective for reducing neck and back pain, relieving headaches and migraines, lowering blood pressure and improving the body’s overall function for an improved quality of life.
However there are other studies that have raised concerns specifically about the high velocity, low force powerful thrusts used in cervical neck manipulations and the increased possibility that they can induce a stroke.
The important thing to remember is that there are many risk factors for stroke including blood clotting problems, hypertension, smoking, high cholesterol, heart problems, and trauma such as blows to the head from accidental falls or sports injuries.
However the findings in the current published medical research literature agree that adverse events such as stroke or stroke-like symptoms associated with neck adjustment are very rare. In fact the vast majority of all neck adjustments are performed safely and effectively by doctors of chiropractic every year.
When visiting your Northern Colorado Chiropractor with neck pain or headache, be very specific about your symptoms, so that he or she can provide the safest and most effective treatment. If appropriate a referral to another health care provider will be made. There are various head and neck positions and forms of joint movement. Depending on your clinical condition, joint mobilization, therapeutic exercise, soft-tissue techniques, acupuncture and other therapies can also be recommended. However if the issue of stroke concerns you, do not hesitate to discuss it with both your primary care physician and your chiropractor.