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Apr 12

Chiropractic Care Does Not Cause Stroke

by Dr. Pete Ahlers-Nelson, D.C., Blog, No Comments

Apr 12

OK, so you’ve probably heard, by now, about a relatively isolated incident in which a person had a stroke shortly after a chiropractic session.

Now, let’s forget for a moment that there are literally millions of spinal adjustments each day throughout the world.

In other words, let’s forget that such odds, if ever validated, remain far, far, far less than your chances of, say, dying due to anesthesia.


Let’s forget all that for a moment.

Let’s also forgive the family of the aforementioned soul for lashing out at chiropractic care in their quest for answers. Grief’s a tough nut, and everyone deals with it in his/her own unique way. No doubt, grief can be truly debilitating for some.

So, we can forgive them.

Instead, let’s focus on the truth.

What is the truth?

Well…it goes something like this:

There’s no evidence to support the claim that chiropractic care causes strokes.


Now, you don’t have to take my word for it. I’m just some guy penning an article, right?

And, in reality, I’m a biased soul; I love chiropractic care. I can’t imagine a life without it. While I don’t have much physical pain in my life, I am one of those people that just seems to always be “a little out.”

And I savor the feeling of “being put back in.”

Therefore, I love the stuff.

And I’m biased.

But science isn’t.

So, let’s take a look at the empirical data, shall we?

Chiropractic Care Does Not Cause Stroke

How about a brand new study, one that appears in the Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease?

In the study, Canadian researchers compiled meta-data—that is, they gathered all the studies they could find on the subject. They did so for a nine-year period. Researchers compared more than 15,000 cases. Each individual had been admitted to a hospital, at some point, with a carotid artery stroke. The research team examined data from chiropractic sessions 1, 3, 7, and 14 days prior to such strokes.

The Research Findings

The research team’s conclusion?

“We found no excess risk of carotid artery stroke after chiropractic care. Associations between chiropractic and primary care physicians (PCP) visits and stroke were similar and likely due to patients with early dissection-related symptoms seeking care prior to developing their strokes.”

What’s this statement actually mean?

It’s scientist speak for, “There’s absolutely no evidence that chiropractic care causes strokes.”

Wow, huh?

In Conclusion

A team of reputable researchers, publishing in a journal all about strokes

Finds not one shred of evidence to support the claim that chiropractic care causes strokes.

Time to put away the fear and offer your chiropractor a big hug. He/she’s helping you heal…

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