Cervical Curvature and Whiplash



To determine if manual therapy will decrease symptoms of WAD.

Summary and background:

Millions of Americans are affected each year by whiplash after a motor vehicle accident. Majority of people complained of persistent neck pain, 84% have a lack of or reverse of cervical curve.


Manual therapy was administered in the approximately 4 years post car accident. Therapy consisted of cervical mobilization, cranial balancing, and an hour massage was applied two times for 10 consecutive weeks.


The patient’s migraines decreased, cervical curvature increased.


Manual therapy techniques can decrease migraine and cervical pain. Pain decrease was not enough to be considered significant, further study is needed.

Key words:

Lordotic cervical, kyphotic curve, lateral sheer, rotation