Your Neck Holds the Key to Physical and Emotional Health

by Takayoshi Matsui, M.D.


189 pages / August 2011 / 1400 yen (w/o tax)

Taking proper care of the neck can cure headaches, dizziness, chills, chronic fatigue, and other minor ailments.


Over the past 10 years, more and more people complain of minor ailments, such as headaches, dizziness, autonomic ataxia, panic disorder, depression, menopausal symptoms, chronic fatigue, dry eyes, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), stomachache, and dry mouth. Do you have any of these?
They’re often termed “unidentified ailments.” Although people tend to take them lightly because they’re not as serious as something like cancer or stroke, they all have unknown causes. For that reason, many sufferers are left untreated even after many trips to the hospital. Many people struggle with these ailments for years and are unable to enjoy healthy lives.
However, after 30 years of research, an authority in neurosurgery, Dr. Takayoshi Matsui, has discovered that the causes and cure for these ailments lie in the neck. The neck has a high concentration of important nerves that determine our health. When the neck is fatigued, the muscles stiffen, causing cramps. These cramps put pressure on the nerves, especially on the autonomic nerves, leading to a myriad of health problems.
So, what can we do to restore an ailing body to health? The answer is simple. Don’t strain your neck or cause it to cramp. Our necks become fatigued because we now have “bent-over/downward-oriented” lifestyles, which are dominated by cell phones and computers. Facing downward strains the muscles at the back of the neck, causing neck cramps. Therefore, we need to make an effort to have lifestyles that are “upward oriented.” Just by doing this, there won’t be a buildup of stress on the neck. Headaches, chills, and other minor ailments will be things of the past, and you can be and you can be free of them for the rest of your life.
This book carefully outlines good and bad habits for the neck, stretching exercises to help strengthen the neck, and numerous other health concerns and how to remedy them.
This book is a kind of “introduction to health” guide, and it will help you keep your body healthy and whole.

From the table of contents

– How the world’s first revolutionary treatment came about
– The parasympathetic nervous system holds all the keys to health
– Trust the doctor who tells you “there’s nothing we can do”
– Why there are more passive men these days
– Therapy for the body rather than the mind is more effective in treating depression
– Bluefish and tuna are good for you
– Learn how to refresh yourself
– The level of excitement determines the quality of a person’s life

From the editor

Actually, I myself tended to be “downward facing.” Until I read what Dr. Matsui had to say, I didn’t think that there was anything wrong with me. I still took my physical condition lightly even when I didn’t feel well.
Then I met Dr. Matsui, and he told me that the minor ailments were a sign that my neck was screaming for attention, and that it was a chance for me to reconsider how I manage my health. He also said that there would be a significant improvement in my health if I consistently took proper care of my neck, and that I wouldn’t even catch colds.
The causes of most health problems are found in the neck. When the problems continue unaddressed, they can even lead to depression. Restore your health through your neck before this happens! The healthier your neck is, the happier and more enjoyable your life will be. I believe that the day has come when you can actually experience this for yourself.


Takayoshi Matsui, M.D.

Takayoshi Matsui is a neurosurgeon. He graduated from The University of Tokyo, School of Medicine in 1967. He then did research at the Brain and Neuroscience Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and was also involved in the development of the world’s first full-body CT scanner at Georgetown University.
Dr. Matsui was instrumental in introducing CT scanners to Japan and promoting their use throughout the country, resulting in a drastic decrease in deaths caused by stroke. Following his efforts, Japan became the country with the highest prevalence of CT scanners. Furthermore, the results of his research on “hit by pitch” in baseball led to the standard use of batting helmets with earflaps. After his return to Japan, he became an assistant professor at the Osaka Medical College and a visiting professor at Teikyo University. He is currently director of the Matsui Hospital and Tokyo Neurological Center. Dr. Matsui carried out research on autonomic ataxia for 30 years and came up with the first method of treatment for the condition. He has also established the treatment for 16 ailments that were considered incurable. In 1978, he discovered cervical neuromuscular syndrome (CNMS).
He has authored many books, including An Atlas of the Human Brain for Computerized Tomography (Igaku-Shoin; Asao Hirano, Co-author), which received the International Publishers Prize.