For Immediate Release
Contact: Tom Capezzuto
UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School
Researchers Confirm Potential Risk for "Beauty Parlor Stroke"
Study Published in American Journal of Physical Medicine and
Researchers at University
of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) have found that
the neck extension required for a salon sink shampoo results in
altered blood flow to the brain, which may be a risk factor for
This is the first scientific
study to look at the previously reported phenomenon of individuals
experiencing a stroke during or immediately after getting a salon
shampoo. Study subjects also experienced pain and dizziness, warning
signs for a stroke, particularly in elderly individuals.
The study appears in
the June issue of the American Journal of Physical Medicine and
It was conducted by
Drs. Patrick M. Foye, Scott F. Nadler and Todd P. Stitik of the
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the UMDNJ-New
Jersey Medical School. The study involved 25 male and female patients
with an average age of 72 years, many of whom reported symptoms
of dizziness or lightheadedness during or shortly after receiving
a shampoo at a salon.
The researchers found
that when the subjects involved in the study extended their necks
into the "salon sink position" for 12 minutes, 84 percent of them
experienced pain and 40 percent reported dizziness. "We also found
that carotid artery blood flow to the brain increased significantly,
possibly representing compensatory blood flow changes," Dr. Foye
The researchers added
a special neck support device developed by Dr. Michael P. Najar,
one of the authors of the study. "With the neck support device,
we found there was a dramatic reduction of pain and dizziness, while
blood flow alterations were minimized," Dr. Foye noted.
Dr. Foye and his colleagues
plan further studies to clarify how neck positioning and changes
in blood flow may contribute to "beauty parlor strokes." "We advise
those who have experienced previous symptoms-especially dizziness-and
those with problems involving the neck or brain to exercise caution
when deciding whether to receive a salon sink shampoo," Dr. Foye
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