I have learned SO much from reading these boards. I just thought I would share this. Now I have no axe to grind and I merely want to provide information. This is a very little known fact and I just think it should be known. What you choose to do with the information is up to each individual. I am not trying to convince anyone of anything - I just want people to be informed.
Neck manipulations can cause strokes. It is rare (1 in 40,000 to a million depending on source). I understand that chiropractors also help people TREMENDOUSLY and some people aren't sure where they would be without them. My Dad included. So obviously with the low risk weighed against the benefit many receive, the decision for some is a no-brainer. Be that as it may, there is a risk there.
It happened to me. I was two days from my wedding when a routine (nothing out of the ordinary whatsoever) adjustment caused a life threatening stroke. I have absolutely no hereditary history of strokes. I wound up in ICU for a month - told I would probably never walk again. (for more of the story see http://healrachel.com/ and then to see the first entry [day after it happened] click on the arrow next to 2007 and that will uncollapse that year, then click on the word Sept. and scroll to the bottom of the page for the first entry).
Like I said I do not hate chiro's and I realize that I am a rare case. Just informing. An interesting website on this: http://www.quackwatch.org/01Quackery...irostroke.html