A wedding is coming up and you want to look your best, so you do what most women do…take a nice relaxing trip to the hair salon. But a few days later you begin to feel symptoms that are indicative of a stroke that include weakness on the left side of your body – the most common sign of a stroke.
So you act quickly and go see the doctor. The doctor diagnoses you with a rare condition called vertebral artery dissection from hyperextension of the neck, which is also called Beauty Parlor Stroke Syndrome.
At this point you’re confused because you’ve never heard of this condition before. So read on to find out everything you need to know about this syndrome.
What Causes Beauty Parlor Stroke Syndrome: When your neck is hyperextended over the edge of the shampoo bowl, the pressure motion that you put on your neck can tear the vertebral artery, which is the main supplier for blood to your brain.
Dr. Steven R. Zeiler explains that when one of those cervical arteries becomes damaged, you get what is called a dissection, which is ultimately damage of the inside of a blood vessel, which leads to abnormal flow and clotting. Those clots can shoot up to the brain and cause a stroke.
But this is not the only act that can cause this syndrome. Research has found that this phenomenon can occur during innocent stretching, sneezing or even getting out of the bed the wrong way.
Confirmed Cases of Beauty Parlor Stroke Syndrome: A case study from 2006 relates a case of a woman who began to develop sudden dizziness, nausea and extreme vomiting while she was having her hair shampooed at a salon parlor.