Neck manipulation

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The Vertebral Column

Cervical manipulation commonly known as neck manipulation is a procedure involving adjusting the upper 7 vertebral bodies of the spinal column often by chiropractors and physicians. Recent studies suggest this type of manipulation may increase chances of stroke and other issues.[1][2][3]


Main article: Vertebral column

The cervical areas is located in the upper neck region of the spine from C1 to C7.


Many types of practitioners use various techniques to adjust the position of the cervical bones. They include Bonesetters, Physical Therapists, Chiropractors and Osteopaths. The various techniques range from high velocity low amplitude thrusts to gentle positional release techniques such as Brett's Procedure.


There are associated risks that come with cervical manipulation including spinal disc herniation, stroke and vertebral artery dissection. Chances of stroke may be increased due to possible tears in neck arteries, known as cervical dissection, and is among the most common causes of stroke for young and middle-aged adults.[4][5]

See also


  1. Anahad O'Connor (2008-08-25). "Really? - Can Manipulating Your Neck Lead to a Stroke?". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  2. Susan Berger (2014-01-06). "How safe are the vigorous neck manipulations done by chiropractors?". Washington Post. Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  3. Stephen Perle (2015-06-19). "Chiropractic care and the risk of vertebrobasilar stroke". On Health. Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  4. Truman Lewis (2014-08-13). "Neck manipulation may be linked to stroke". ConsumerAffairs. Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  5. Dennis Thompson (2014-08-07). "Could Chiropractic Manipulation of Your Neck Trigger a Stroke?". WebMD. Retrieved 2015-07-01. 

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