The tongue after whiplash: Case report and osteopathic treatment

Bruno Bordoni, Fabiola Marelli, Bruno Morabito

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The tongue plays a fundamental role in several bodily functions; in the case of a dysfunction, an exhaustive knowledge of manual techniques to treat the tongue is useful in order to help patients on their path toward recovery. A 30-year-old male patient with a recent history of whiplash, with increasing cervical pain during swallowing and reduced ability to open the mouth, was treated with osteopathic techniques addressed to the tongue. The osteopathic techniques led to a disappearance of pain and the complete recovery of the normal functions of the tongue, such as swallowing and mouth opening. The manual osteopathic approach consists of applying a low load, in order to produce a long-lasting stretching of the myofascial complex, with the aim of restoring the optimal length of this continuum, decreasing pain, and improving functionality. According to the authors’ knowledge, this is the first article reporting a case of resolution of a post whiplash disorder through osteopathic treatment of the tongue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-182
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Medical Case Reports Journal
Publication statusPublished - Jul 7 2016


  • Fascia
  • Fascial release
  • Indirect osteopathic techniques
  • Tongue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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