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Beauty Parlor Stroke Syndrome

beauty parlor stroke syndrome

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  • Vertebral artery dissection from hyperextension of the neck, otherwise known as beauty parlor stroke syndrome, can occur after having your hair washed in a salon
  • When your neck is hyperextended over the edge of a shampoo bowl, the pressure and/or whiplash-like motions on your neck can lead to a tear in the vertebral artery, which supplies blood to your brain
  • Many other common activities, including sneezing, coughing, vomiting, painting a ceiling and practicing yoga, can also cause this condition

By Dr. Mercola

In 2013, Elizabeth Williams, a California mother of two, did something you’ve probably done many times yourself: visited a hair salon for a cut and routine wash. Several days later, she began experiencing strange symptoms indicative of stroke, including weakness on her left side.


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