THE NECK PULL
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© February 2022, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is solely the opinion of the author and for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
II. Benefits Of The Neck Pull
III. The Neck Pull Procedure
The neck pull is a simple, but powerful procedure to speed up development and align the spine and neck.
NOTE: It requires a little practice to be comfortable with it. Then you can do it sitting or lying down as much as you wish.
Danger? Some say the neck pull is dangerous and can damage the neck. We can only answer that so far, we have not received reports of neck damage from this procedure.
Why it works. Most people hold a lot of tension in the neck. This causes congestion of the blood and reduces nerve energy flow from the brain to the entire body. The neck pull helps reduce this tension and decongests the neck area.
The neck pull is now one of the basic development and detoxification procedures.
II. BENEFITS OF THE NECK PULL
OPENING THE ENERGY CHANNELS
Our bodies contain thousands of tiny energy channels through which flows a subtle fluid called ether. They run vertically from the top of the head down to the toes. The acupuncture meridians are some of the larger groups of these channels.
Excellent health and development depend, in part, upon having enough of these channels open and clear so that enough ether or subtle energy flows through them and nourishes the body.
In most everyone, the most damaged area of these channels is the neck. The reason is that the channels have to converge somewhat to get through the neck, and injuries and accidents affecting the neck are common. Tension in the neck due to stress or bad posture is also common.
The neck pull is an excellent way to help open and clear the energy channels in the neck.
STRETCHING THE SPINAL CORD
The neck pull slightly stretches the spinal cord. This may seem scary, but actually it toughens the cord and causes it to function a little better. It helps the cord to conduct more subtle energy through it, and this is helpful for health and development.
SEPARATING THE CERVICAL VERTEBRAE
The neck pull is a simple and safe way to open the vertebrae of the neck and upper spine. This is helpful for a number of reasons. Among them are:
1. Poor posture causes many people to be tense in the neck area. This tends to compress the cervical vertebrae and damage the intervertebral discs that should separate the vertebrae of the neck.
2. Injuries to the neck are very common due to car accidents, falls and other traumas. These often compress the cervical vertebrae and cause health problems as a result.
3. Everyday stress and tension tends to compress the cervical vertebrae in most people.
4. The weight of the head resting on the shoulders also tends to compress the cervical vertebrae.
ALIGNING THE NECK AND SHOULDERS
The neck pull can help to properly align the vertebrae and other bones and structures of the neck and shoulders. It is a type of self therapy for chiropractic and osteopathic imbalances.
The neck and shoulder areas are very prone to subluxations. These are subtle misalignments and twists in the position of the vertebrae that cause pinched nerves and reduced organ function as a result.
OPENNING THE JOINT CAPSULES
The most difficult area to move subtle energy through the body is through the joints. Here subtle energy often remains stuck or congested instead of flowing easily through.
The neck pull opens up the joint capsules in the neck. This is different from aligning the bones, as described in the section above.
Opening the joint capsules is very helpful to allow more subtle energy to flow through the joints of the neck and upper spine.
SUPPORTING THYROID ACTIVITY
Problems in the neck are one cause of thyroid imbalances. The neck pull is helpful for thyroid activity because it opens the vertebrae and assists the nerve supply to the thyroid gland.
ASSISTING THE FIFTH ENERGY CENTER
The fifth energy is located in the neck. The neck pull helps relieve congestion in this center and can assist with spinning the center faster. For details, read The Energy Centers.
ASSISTING THE UPPER DANTIEN
The upper of the three dantiens is centered in the neck. The neck pull helps spin this energy center faster. This is very helpful for health and development. For details, read The Dantiens.
ASSISTING THE TRIPLE HEARTS
The triple heart area of the body is located along the midline of the front of the body and extends from the neck do the middle of the chest.
The neck pull powerfully and directly affects this area. This is extremely helpful for anyone because the triple hearts connect one and help regulate the so-called upper bodies. These are critical for health and development. For details, read The Triple Hearts and The Energy Bodies.
Assisting the triple hearts causes the upper ‘bodies’ to fill with energy sooner and helps them maintain their subtle energy, as well. It also helps them maintain their shape, size and functions and to remain balanced and aligned.
ASSISTING THE CRANIAL NERVVES
The cranial nerves leave the spinal cord along the neck between the vertebrae. By separating the vertebrae a little, the neck pull helps prevent compression and pinching of these nerves. This is very important for some people.
III. THE NECK PULL PROCEDURE
THE PRE-NECK PULL
A way to begin learning the neck pull is to practice extending your neck. Lie down without a pillow under your head or neck. Make sure your head is straight, not tilted and you are looking straight up at the ceiling of the room.
Now take a deep breath in. While holding your breath, extend your neck away from your body as much as you can, still looking straight ahead. You can pretend someone is standing behind you and is pulling your head straight back, away from the body.
Extending your neck this way will lessen the normal curve of the neck. In other words, the neck will straighten somewhat and become longer.
Also, extending your neck will tend to tuck the chin a little and push the neck into the sheets of the bed. This is normal and correct.
The neck pull is done with the head looking straight ahead. However, for the pre-neck pull, with the neck extended, slowly and gently turn your head to one side. Then move it back to the center position. Then turn it to the other side. Do this slowly and deliberately.
Often you will hear some crackling or popping in the neck, and that is very good. You are breaking up some calcium deposits and/or adjusting the position of the vertebrae in the neck.
Doing this exercise will prepare you for the neck pull.
THE NECK PULL PROCEDURE
- This procedure is easiest to learn while lying down comfortably. Later, you can do it while sitting or even while standing up.
- Do not have a pillow under your head.
- Your head must be facing straight ahead, not turned to one side.
- Also, have your legs extended straight down away from the head, and fairly close together.
1. Place your attention at or below your feet. This will help make sure subtle energy moves downward, which is the desired direction of energy movement.
2. Take in a deep breath. Use the three-part yoga breath. This consists of first filling your abdomen, then the sides of the chest along the ribs, and then fill the upper chest with air.
3. Extend your neck away from your body. This will involve tucking your chin a little and moving your neck into the bed sheets where you are lying.
4. This may be sufficient to cause a slight pop in the neck.
5. If it is not sufficient to cause the slight pop in the neck, quickly move your shoulders downward toward your feet. You can pretend that someone is holding your hands and pulls them straight downward toward your feet.
If you do this correctly, you will hear and feel a slight pop in the neck area. Rarely the pop can occur in your upper back rather than in your neck.
This sound and feeling is an opening of the vertebrae in the neck. It is somewhat like “popping” your toes or fingers, which are also helpful. It releases stuck energy in the neck area and helps open subtle energy channels.
6. Finally, gently and slowly turn your head first to one side and then to the other as far as you can comfortably turn it. Often you will hear some crackling in the neck. This is breaking up some calcium deposits and is completely normal.
There is a trick to doing this correctly. As you turn your head, imagine extending your neck and head upward, meaning away from the body (not up in the air). This will make the procedure work better.
7. Finish by gently breathing out.
8. Repeating. You can repeat the entire procedure or some people do not take another breath and just repeat steps 3 through 5.
You can do a series of 10 or more of the neck pulls in one session. Some people do one hundred of them. We do not think it you can overdo on them providing you are gentle and
- If you have neck damage, such as from an accident, either skip this procedure or proceed very gently and slowly. However, this procedure can sometimes help repair a damaged neck so don’t dismiss it.
- Never force anything. This means no fast or jerky motions.
- Be sure to keep your head straight, not turned to either side, when you do the procedure.
If, at first, your neck won’t pop, this is okay. Begin with the pre-neck pull described at the beginning of this article. As you do this more, emphasizing stretching the neck, it will be easier to do the neck pull.
- The procedure may cause a little temporary pain to the neck because it stretches the ligaments a little. This subsides quickly.