Neck Stretching

Neck stretching is an ancient practice mostly seen in Africa and Asia. The Kayan people from Myanmar and the people of Thailand were most common to practice neck stretching. The practice was initially used as an indication of welth, where women would be seen wearing brass neck rings. Other cultures, wore neck rings to indicate marriage or overall beauty.

Generally, young girls would start wearing the neck rings at 5 years old, and as the child would grow, more neck rings were added until the neck was stretch about 10 to 15″.

The rings push the collarbone and ribs down, while stretching neck muscles. For the most part, the stretching is an allusion, as the collarbone is weighed down. The vertebrae of the neck are not elongated.

Women who stretch their neck have trouble drinking from cups and cannot look at the sky, as they can easily become out-of-balance.

Health risks that are associated with neck stretching can include hematoma, attrophy of the neck muscles, pain, infection, bone structure deformation, and occlusion of blood flow. In severe cases, if the rings are removed, the through can collapse and death may occur.

This practice is not as common in the modern world, as it once was, but neck stretching can still be seen in tourist areas, as the women will allow pictures for money.