Treatment for Whiplash

Better Understanding of Symptoms of Whiplash Leads to Better Treatment

Our under­stand­ing of the long term effects of car crash­es has grown a lot over the past ten years.

It’s now gen­er­al­ly accept­ed that the sud­den accel­er­a­tion and decel­er­a­tion of the neck that occurs when you’re rear-end­ed ini­ti­ates a grad­ual process of joint degen­er­a­tion.   Indi­vid­u­als who have been in an auto acci­dent are much more like­ly to expe­ri­ence neck pain, headaches, or facial pain even years lat­er.

We’ve also learned how to dis­tin­guish whiplash injuries from oth­er types of neck prob­lems.

Peo­ple who have been in a car crash are much more like­ly to have trig­ger points at the top of their neck, just under the skull.  If you have neck pain from anoth­er cause (poor pos­ture at work, for instance) you’re more like­ly to have knots else­where — in the low­er neck, or in the upper trapez­ius that con­nects the neck to the shoul­der blade.

For­tu­nate­ly, the symp­toms of whiplash are treat­able.  The mus­cle trig­ger points can be released, the joint play of the spine can be improved, and you can relearn a more bal­anced pat­tern of pos­ture and body use.

Mul­ti­di­men­sion­al man­u­al ther­a­py meth­ods are becom­ing the treat­ment of choice for whiplash asso­ci­at­ed dis­or­der.  To get the best results, your treat­ment plan should include

  • trig­ger point ther­a­py,
  • joint mobi­liza­tion or manip­u­la­tion, and
  • ther­a­peu­tic exer­cise.


Deepen Your Body of Knowledge

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About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods.

His website,, provides more information about his approach.

Please contact him at or at 212-400-9663.

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