Research shows that in very rare cases* serious complications occur after manipulation of the neck, such as damage to blood vessels with the possible risk of stroke or death. There is a small risk of damage to nerves, bones, muscles and connective tissue.
Manual therapists are trained to know where and when they can apply the technique of manipulation. They are experts in the safe and effective application of these techniques. If there is even the slightest indication that you are at risk, the manual therapist will suggest other treatment techniques such as mobilizations.
*The risk of serious complications is estimated to be between 1/50 000 to 1/5.8 million manipulations.