Music Victoria discounts

Did you know that if you have a current Music Victoria membership, we will shower you in love and sing your praises from the rooftops?! Also, you will receive 20% off your initial consultation, and then $10 off every time you come in. EVERY TIME! What a dream. So, tap your fingers over to the Music Victoria page to become a member and then book in with us to receive your discount! If you already have one, well done legend!

This offer is valid any time on presentation of your current Music Victoria membership card.

Love, Sound Osteo

FRIDAY HACKS: Summertime foot pain? We have some TOE-tally good tips!

(audible groans at Rachel's terrible pun title. I regret nothing!)

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So it seems that Melbourne has finally kicked into the summer weather this week in, March?? Better late than never we say. Unfortunately, this is also the time that Osteopaths tend to see a rise in people coming in with foot and lower limb pain. Think about the footwear you have been seen in over the last few months. Questionable? Bare feet? Living in your thongs? Prolonged walking and time in unsupportive footwear can lead to not only sore feet, but problems in your knees, hips and low back.

Here are a few tips to think about when summer time foot pain sets in:

Get some ankle support - Without a strap or support around your ankle, walking and running puts extra strain on the toes to grip onto the shoe and give you stability. We recommend trading out the thongs for a sandal with a strap if possible, or at least limit the time you are in the pluggers. Convenient? Yes. Helpful for your pain? Not so much.

Stretch out those calves - No matter what shoes you are in, they tend to be less supportive than the comfy runners and boots we can get away with in winter. Try and counteract this by making sure you stretch your calves and hamstrings whenever you get the chance. Take a look at the calf stretch and stretches with a foam roller here.

Foot pain first thing in th e morning? Get yourself a golf ball - A great easy stretch is to get a golf ball and use it to massage the bottom of your foot. Try this when you are sitting at home in the evening, or even keep one in your drawer for any easy stretch to do while at the desk. PRO TIP: Pop that sucker in the freezer for ten minutes to ice and massage your foot at the same time!

Of course, if your pain has progressed and is not alleviated by easy at home measures, it might be time for a end of summer tune-up at the Osteopath. Give us a call or head to the bookings page to make a time with one of us now!

 

- Rachel

 

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.

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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 Osteopathy welcomes new Osteopath, Rachel Gray!

New year, new face at Sound Osteo!

We are excited to announce that Rachel Gray has joined the team in Fitzroy. Carmen and Rachel go all the way back to their Uni days, where their mutual love of music and Melbourne brought them together. 

Rachel Gray is an experienced, RMIT University-trained Osteopath who graduated in 2010, has been around the world and is now excited to be back and treating at Sound Osteopathy. 

Having cut her teeth working with some of Australia's most well regarded osteopathic practitioners, she believes strongly in hands on treatment, patient education and enjoys treating a wide range of complex conditions and patients. She has lived, thrived and worked in music communities in both Melbourne and Chicago, she has a hands on understanding of the nature of touring, rehearsals and recording and believes that musicians should not have to live in pain in order to master their craft. From the professional to the professional headbanger, Osteopathy has the common sense anatomical approach to get you performing and being your best.

Like Carmen, Rachel is a registered practitioner with AHPRA and a member of Osteopathy Australia.

Please head on over to the bookings page to schedule your new year tune-up with either of our rad practitioners. Keep an eye out for new year tips, research and videos in the coming months, or we'll see you at the Old Bar for a welcome to the neighborhood beer soon.

 

Artists DISCOUNTS

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.

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Sound Osteopathy

Welcome!

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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