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The tongue after whiplash: case report and osteopathic treatment

Authors Bordoni B, Marelli F, Morabito B

Received 22 April 2016

Accepted for publication 12 May 2016

Published 7 July 2016 Volume 2016:9 Pages 179—182


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Ronald Prineas

Bruno Bordoni,1-3 Fabiola Marelli,2,3 Bruno Morabito2-4

1Department of Cardiology, Santa Maria Nascente IRCCS, Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation, Institute of Hospitalization and Care with Scientific Address, Milan, 2CRESO, School of Osteopathic Centre for Research and Studies, Castellanza,3CRESO, School of Osteopathic Centre for Research and Studies, Falconara Marittima, Ancona, 4Foundation Polyclinic University A, Gemelli University Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy

Abstract: 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.

Keywords: tongue, indirect osteopathic techniques, fascia, fascial release

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