Position Papers 2

Stroke and Chiropractic

After a review of all the current literature on the topic of chiropractic adjustments having a causal relationship with cerebral vascular accidents (CVA) the following statement is derived:

The occurrence of CVA’s in the general population is 0.224%, while the occurrence of CVA’s in the chiropractic population is 0.000008%.

Statistically, a person has a greater risk of getting struck and killed by lightning than having a CVA that is related to a chiropractic adjustment.

We at the CFoP realize that the idea of a chiropractic cervical spine adjustment causing a CVA has little support to validate it.

We strongly denounce the New York Times article published March 5, 2019. Cervical adjustments are extremely safe and have a proven safety record according to current scientific literature.