Whiplash is a broad term used to define a mixture of injuries. It may also be referred to as cervical acceleration-deceleration (CAD). It may include sprains, strains and joint trauma. Whiplash is usually associated with a car accident when the head whips backward and forward in rapid succession. Symptoms may include pain referring from the neck to the shoulders, chronic headaches and some inflammation.
Any massage that is circulatory or mechanical in nature is contraindicated in the acute stages of whiplash. In subacute stages massage may be helpful in reducing scar formation and spasms.