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A 25-year-old female asked:

I know chiropractor neck manipulation can cause stroke from their violent twisting, but can a slow and gentle self neck manipulation cause a stroke?

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Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
TIA: When there is build up of material in the lining of the neck vessels aka plaque or atherosclerosis, firm manipulation of the overlying tissues may cause a tiny piece to break off and enter the brain. This piece may lodge in a small vessel. Thereby causing interruption of blood flow to that area. If the interruption is brief then transient stroke like symptoms may occur aka tia.
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