Friday Osteo Life Hacks (feat. Towels?!)

A towel, it is said, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.

Before you try and say, 'But Rachel, I am not an interstellar hitchhiker or even a big nerd like yourself', hold up. A towel is still probably the most useful DIY tool that anyone can have, when it comes to good posture and helping out that niggling shoulder tension.

Let me explain.

When you do repetitive tasks with your hands in front of you (eg. computer work, driving, sick guitar solos) you tend to disrupt the balance between the muscles at the front of your body and the back. Over time, this drag to the front can start to cause pain and headaches as the body tries to compensate for the position it is in, particularly in the upper back and neck regions. Some call this 'desk disease', but really it applies to any job or task that pulls you forwards.

'HELP. THIS IS ME!' I hear you cry. I hear you. It is me too.

The answer to this kind of pattern is very logical. If you are being pulled forwards, we need to reset the balance and bring you back to your body's equilibrium. We need to stretch out the front and add some strength to the back. You should head along to your favourite local Osteopath (hi!) and get some help with movement, pain relief and strengthening exercises soon.

In the meantime, grab that towel!

Fold it in half, and then half again. Roll it up so it is now a firm cyclinder shape.


Place it in between your shoulder blades vertically, and lie on your back with your arms stretched out to the sides. Make sure you have a pillow under your head and your legs are comfortable with your knees up.

There you have it! Try giving this a go for 2-4 minutes at the end of the day, or following practice/work/driving. Maybe even chuck one in your gig bag and have a stretch after sound check.

If you have more questions, or are in need of more detailed advice, head along to our bookings page or give us a call on 03 9973 2434.

- Rachel


Sound Osteo is offering 20% off your first session if you're an artist, musician, performer, or part of the creative heart of Melbourne. 

Why would we do this?! Sound Osteopathy is dedicated to supporting those who make a difference to our lives by producing and creating music, art and culture because, well, where would we be without all of those things? As well as this, Sound Osteo are committed to bringing performing arts healthcare into the spotlight and engaging the community further about the importance of supporting our performing artists.

So, forward this on to friends, family, whoever might benefit, and we'll see you at Sound Osteo.

Fitzroy Sound Osteo artist discount

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Sound Osteopathy is here! We are health providers who are here to give information, advice and one-on-one treatment to musicians, performing artists and of course anyone who needs help with their body.

Sports medicine is a huge industry. We want to assist in the development of performing arts medicine. We will try to do this by linking to interesting or informative articles, blogs, recordings, and by having our clinic that you can drop in to for an in person assessment and treatment.

Sound Osteopathy is situated in Fitzroy above the store Villain at 78 Johnston St, and next door to the Old Bar. Come in through the shop and go up the stairs to our lovely space.

Carmen, our osteopath, completed her Masters of Osteopathy in 2010 and will provide a thorough assessment, treatment and advice on your recovery, rehab, or how to improve and adjust your day to day habits to preform and feel your best. Each treatment is individually tailored and will consist of a variety of techniques including massage, manipulation, mobilisation and stretching, to affect joints, muscles, nerves, whatever connective tissue is in need of attention.

Carmen also works at Coburg Osteopathy & Health Services where you can visit her if our times or days don't suit your needs.

Have a look through the site and feel free to email us with any questions or comments you might have!

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