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Osteopath reveals ‘vagus nerve hack’ to improve posture, open your chest and boost energy

An osteopath has shared a simple trick he claims will improve posture and boost energy in seconds – and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Brendon Talbot, a Canadian health practitioner who specialises in bone and muscle tissue, says performing a ‘trapezius twist’ each time you stand up from sitting down can transform your health by repairing the vagus nerve. 

According to Mr Talbot, the move – which involves crossing your arms and moving them from side-to-side, then over your head – changes muscle tone and opens the chest, leading to an instantaneous change in breathing and posture. 

He warns that ‘forward head’ posture can restrict blood flow to the brain, which results in a myriad of serious health issues such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, and chronic fatigue.

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Canadian osteopath Brendon Talbot (pictured) has shared a simple trick he claims will improve posture and boost energy in a matter of seconds - and it doesn't cost a cent

Canadian osteopath Brendon Talbot (pictured) has shared a simple trick he claims will improve posture and boost energy in a matter of seconds - and it doesn't cost a cent

Canadian osteopath Brendon Talbot (pictured) has shared a simple trick he claims will improve posture and boost energy in a matter of seconds – and it doesn’t cost a cent

Mr Talbot (pictured) says the move - which involves crossing your arms and moving them from side-to-side, then over your head - triggers an instantaneous change in breathing and posture

Mr Talbot (pictured) says the move - which involves crossing your arms and moving them from side-to-side, then over your head - triggers an instantaneous change in breathing and posture

Mr Talbot (pictured) says the move – which involves crossing your arms and moving them from side-to-side, then over your head – triggers an instantaneous change in breathing and posture

Mr Talbot demonstrated the trapezius twist in a TikTok video, in which he discusses the role of the vagus nerve in general health and wellbeing. 

The nerve, which is the longest and most complex of the 12 pairs of cranial nerves in the brain, plays an integral part in the body’s most important functions, including breathing, speech, digestion, and taste.

Mr Talbot’s tip, which has gone viral, racking up a staggering 7.1 million views since it was uploaded online on July 10, sparked thousands of grateful responses.

‘I needed this today, thank you for sharing,’ one person wrote.

Mr Talbot (pictured) warns that 'forward head' posture can restrict blood flow to the brain, which results in a myriad of serious health issues such as anxiety, depression and insomnia

Mr Talbot (pictured) warns that 'forward head' posture can restrict blood flow to the brain, which results in a myriad of serious health issues such as anxiety, depression and insomnia

Mr Talbot (pictured) warns that ‘forward head’ posture can restrict blood flow to the brain, which results in a myriad of serious health issues such as anxiety, depression and insomnia

What is the vagus nerve? 

The vagus nerve carries an extensive range of signals from digestive system and organs to the brain and vice versa. It is the longest and most complex of the brain’s 12 cranial nerves, extending from its origin in the brainstem through the neck and the chest down to the stomach.

The vagus nerve plays a role in the body’s most important functions, including breathing, speech, digestion and taste.

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‘I don’t know if this actually works, but it feels good!’ added a second, while others confirmed the exercise triggers immediate relief.

‘I suffer from tense neck muscles when I am stressed. I just tried this and it works – I instantly felt the difference,’ one woman said.

A doctor replied saying it is ‘well worth’ spending 10 minutes a day twisting your chest as Mr Talbot had shown, 

In the comments section of the video, the osteopath clarified that the twist will not fix ‘forward head’ posture, but can help to relieve tension and raise the ribs, making it easier to breathe. 

Source: Daily Mail

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