What Is Chiro Stroke Myth?

Twenty five years ago, while trying to fall asleep, I turned my head to one side. The right side of my body went numb and the room started swirling. I remember the ambulance ride and the sheer panic of not being able to feel or move my arms and legs. Breathing became difficult, and a mechanical ventilator maintained my respiration. I recall the amalgam of horror, anger and helplessness, but most of all, a compulsion to answer the question, “Why did this happen?” Thankfully, there is a happy ending. I was visited by two chiropractors who adjusted me. Shortly after the first adjustment, I could wiggle the fingers on my right hand. Soon I was off the ventilator and able to use a wheelchair. With the unofficial consent of the attending physician, I continued to receive chiropractic adjustments while undergoing an intensive regimen of rehabilitation. A little over a month after being carried in, I walked out on my own power with the aid of a cane.

Yes, I am a stroke patient, and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that had the event occurred while I was on a chiropractic table rather than lying in bed, the stroke would have been attributed to receiving chiropractic care. Since then, I’ve read the accounts that have appeared in the popular media suggesting that “chiropractic manipulation” of the cervical spine is associated with strokes. I’ve also reviewed all of the literature that I could that has addressed the purported relationship between chiropractic cervical adjustments and strokes. I’ve condensed the material for you, and presented it from the perspective of a stroke patient, a chiropractor, and an attorney. After completing the program, you will be ready to counter logical fallacies, misrepresentations, bad science, and yellow journalism with the truth.