Nobel Prize winner Dr. Roger Sperry tells us that 90% of the stimulation and nutrition of the brain is generated by the movement of the spine. Armed with that information, it’s no mystery why our overall health suffers when we pay little or no attention to our posture.

Poor posture weakens our body’s ability to defend itself against disease. The human body has evolved with a natural curve in the spine. It provides support and balance to our musculoskeletal system. When we adopt poor posture, we can prevent it from communicating properly with our brain, as well as joints, muscles, and tendons. Here are two exercises that can help you correct poor posture.

1. The Condor

You’ve seen them on TV. Condors are majestic and graceful – and extremely powerful. They’ve got something to teach us about soaring. Pretend you’re a condor for a few moments. This stretching exercise will help you with poor posture, and it will stimulate tissue growth in your body by increasing blood flow.

  • Start by standing with your feet shoulder width apart, and your arms lowered to your sides.
  • Leisurely lift your arms above your head, bringing them up in an arc, like an eagle would soar.
  • Pause for a moment and then slowly bring your arms back down to your sides.
  • Repeat this movement for at least one minute.

2. The Hummingbird

This exercise can help you if you suspect you’ve adopted some poor posture habits associated with slouching over at your office desk – or from spending too much time with your smartphone. It’ll strengthen the muscles between your shoulder blades, lift the rib cage, and help condition the muscle fiber around your thoracic spinal column area.

  • You can sit or stand for this exercise.
  • Lift your arms so they’re parallel to the floor, and then bend at the elbows with the palms of your hands facing forward. You’ll form a 90-degree angle between forearm and bicep.
  • Now, with your elbows locked, start to rotate your arms, keeping your palms facing forward. Imagine that you’re washing a window with both hands.
  • During this rotation, squeeze your shoulder blades together, and keep up the movement for at least one minute. It doesn’t matter whether the rotation is clockwise or counterclockwise.

Neither of these exercises will get you off the ground, but they will help you move toward wellness by providing the benefits of better posture. We can also help by providing you with a comprehensive review of your spinal health by performing a MyoVision Exam.