View Full Version : Chiropractors 'could increase stroke risk' !!

08-09-2010, 01:27 PM
The vigorous spinal manipulations used by many chiropractors are an unnecessarily dangerous way to treat neck pain, an Australian researcher says. Dr Andrew Leaver, from the University of Sydney, said the practice should be reviewed after a study showed how a much milder therapy was just as effective at alleviating neck pain. "Neck manipulation is a highly controversial treatment as there are published studies that demonstrate an increased risk of stroke," Dr Leaver, an Associate Lecturer in Physiotherapy, said on Wednesday. "It makes us question why patients, or practitioners, would favour a treatment which possibly carries (the) risk of catastrophic outcome." Source (http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/national/chiropractors-could-increase-stroke-risk/story-e6frfku9-1225916061417)

Dr Leaver's research took in only 180 people who had sought treatment for neck pain, and the results were
"almost identical" irrespective of whether they received a vigorous or mild treatment that used only massage on the back of the neck.