There are 7 vertebras in the neck area which are part of the spinal vertebras. Around the vertebras are the soft tissues, including ligaments, tendons, and muscles. The muscles of the neck attach to the base of the skull, the hyoid bone, the clavicles, and the sternum. Because of the super flexible of neck, injury of neck that is unnoticed is common.

In addition, there is a different type nervous system that goes through the neck area: Autonomic Nervous system.

The autonomic nervous system regulates certain body processes without a person’s conscious effort. This is the part of the nervous system that supplies the internal organs, including the blood vessels, stomach, intestine, liver, kidneys, bladder, genitals, lungs, pupils, heart, and sweat, salivary, and digestive glands.

The autonomic nervous system controls internal body processes such as the following:

  • Blood pressure
  • Heart and breathing rates
  • Body temperature
  • Digestion
  • Metabolism (thus affecting body weight)
  • The balance of water and electrolytes (such as sodium and calcium)
  • The production of body fluids (saliva, sweat, and tears)
  • Urination, Defecation and Sexual response

  • By now, can you figure out how many diseases can be caused by an undiscovered neck problem? Too many!

    The soft tissue can be treated easily. There can be whiplash, disc problem, arthritis, or twisted neck during sleeping. But many people don’t even realize they have a neck problem until things get worse including getting dementia later in life.

    It is very important to start preventive self-care at an early age. Below is your self-care homework. In our next Natural Healing Conference in 2020, I will make sure to have this as a hands-on workshop program. Make sure to sign up for my newsletter to get updated information (if you have not signed up yet).

    Preventive Self-care:

    This should be daily work or 4 times a week.

    1. Neck movement: slowly turn your head to the left, inhale, slowly turn back to center and exhale. Repeat this 4 times. Slowly move your head upward inhale, slowly move your head downward exhale. Repeat this 4 times.

    2. Take a deep breath: then slowly exhale tilt your head over the right shoulder, slowly inhale, move head upward, then slowly exhale tilt your head over the left shoulder. Repeat this 4 times.

    3. Neck massage: put three of your middle fingers over the back side of your neck about one inch from your vertebrae. Massage the muscle along the neck area for 2 to 3 minutes. After massage, hold this area then move your head to left slowly, then move head to right slowly, repeat this 8 times.

    4. Stretching: Hold your head downward for 30 seconds, then release. Do this 4 times. Interlock your fingers, slowly inhale raise your arms all the way above head turn palms upward toward sky, slowly exhale move arms down from side of the body. Do this 4 times.

    5. Sitting position: While you are sitting, turn your body to the left and at same time hold the left side of chair, count to 5 and breath slowly, then do this on the other side: turn your body to right and at same time hold right side of chair count to 5 and breath slowly. You should feel like you are stretching your body.

    6. Standing position: inhale, then raise arms above head, exhale slowly bend your upper body downward until your head points toward floor, then relax entire upper body especially your neck and shoulder. After this position for three breath, slowly raise up your body.

    If you are a holistic practitioner and would like to learn some hands-on healing techniques for neck treatment, looking for my program “Neck Therapy” in 2020.

    Good luck with your self healing practice!