S'porean banker becomes half-paralysed after neck massage
According to his doctors, Mr Lin suffered vertebral artery dissection, which is a flap-like tear of the inner lining of the vertebral artery - a blood vessel that is located in the neck and supplies blood to the brain.
After the tear, blood enters the arterial wall and forms a blood clot, thickening the artery wall and often impeding blood flow. This can result in intermittent or permanent stroke symptoms such as difficulty speaking, impaired coordination and even vision loss.
According to medical resources, it can be caused by physical trauma to the neck, such as a car accident.
Currently, Mr Lin is undergoing treatment at Tan Tock Seng Hospital's rehabilitation ward.
Last month, he began a "walking" rehabilitation treatment, where he is assisted in walking back and forth along a set path. Doctors said this will help speed up the recovery process.
On August 24, Mr Lin was discharged from hospital. Although he is still easily fatigued, he is now able to walk without the need for crutches.
Other than Mr Lin's case, there've been reports in the media about people who've become paralysed after massages.
In 2006, a woman from Australia suffered a stroke after a company masseur gave her a massage at her workplace.
It is believed that similar to Mr Lin's case, the massage caused a blood vessel in her neck to tear, slowly blocking the blood supply to her brain.
Man becomes half-paralysed after massage
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