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Debunking the myth that chiropractic adjustments causes stroke.

What is a subluxation?

Debunking the myth that chiropractic adjustments causes stroke.

What is a stroke? According the the Heart association (2010) a stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. A stroke occurs when there is a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. Stroke can occur by a clot obstructing the flow of blood to the brain OR by a blood vessel rupturing and preventing blood flow to the brain.

What are the symptoms

Numbness or weakness on one side of the face, sudden confusion, difficulty speaking or understanding and problems seeing with one or both eyes. Other signs are loss of balance and severe sudden headaches with no cause

How does the chiropractor know if you have neck pain/headaches or having a stroke

Usually a thrombus or embolism in the vertebral artery can cause neck pain and headaches, your Chiropractor is trained to know the difference between that type of headache versus other types of headaches like migraine.

A 2008 study found that

There was no greater likelihood of a patient experiencing a stroke following a visit to his/her chiropractor than there was after a visit to his/her primary care physician. The results were conclusive; there was no greater association between manipulation (chiropractic adjustments) and ischemic stroke or TIA's (transient ischemic attacks).

Furthermore The research did conclude that overall, 4% of stroke victims had visited a chiropractor within 30 days of their strokes, while 53% of the stroke cases had visited their medical primary care providers within the same time frame.

The research concluded:

"Because the association between chiropractic visits and [vertebral basilar artery] stroke is not greater than the association between PCP [medical primary care providers] visits and [vertebral basilar] stroke, there is no excess risk of [vertebral basilar] stroke from chiropractic care"

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References: 1. American Heart Association, Inc. (2010). About stroke. Retrieved from http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/AboutStroke/About-stroke_UCM_308529_SubHomePage.jsp 2. American Heart Association, Inc. (2010). Warning signs. Retrieved fromhttp://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/WarningSigns/Warning-Signs_UCM_308528_SubHomePage.jsp 3. American Heart Association, Inc. (2010). Ischemic (clots). Retrieved fromhttp://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/AboutStroke/TypesofStroke/IschemicClots/Ischemic-Clots_UCM_310939_Article.jsp 4. Cassidy, J. D., Boyle, E., Côté, P., He, Y., Hogg-Johnson, S., Silver, F. L., & Bondy, S. J. (2008). Risk of vertebrobasilar stroke and chiropractic care: Results of a population-based case-control and case-crossover study. Spine, 33(45), S176-S183. 5. Murphy, D. R. (2010). Current understanding of the relationship between cervical manipulation and stroke: What does it mean for the chiropractic profession? Chiorpractic & Osteopathy, 18(22),http://www.chiroandosteo.com/content/18/1/22

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