Many factors in our day-to-day lives cause tension in the body. Whether it’s poor posture from slouching, carrying a heavy bag on your shoulder or sitting for long periods in a car or at an incorrectly set-up desk.
Headaches can often result from this tension, due to the tightness of muscles in the shoulders, neck and base of your skull. Within tight muscles, we find knots, often referred to as trigger points. Trigger points are ball-like areas of tightness found within tight muscles that can refer pain into your head, causing what we then experience as a headache.
Dry needling is a fantastic technique that may help reduce headache pain and also improve range of movement inhibited by tight muscles.
Join MOSIC Pilates Instructor Hannah Donaldson and the MOSIC team for an evening of education about pain. Understanding your pain will help improve your perception of pain – its importance as well as the reasons our brain sends us pain signals.
This event is open to the entire community including all MOSIC clients, friends and family. If you know of somebody who might find this useful, then please feel free to invite them along.
In addition to education, this event will also involve workshopping some useful techniques to further your understanding of pain.
When: Tuesday 22 August @ 7pm
Where: MOSIC Collins Street – 546 Collins St Melbourne
While this a free event, places are strictly limited. To book your place, please email us at:
Please provide the name and email address of all attendees so we can send out a reminder leading up to the event.
Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre director, Dr Shane Buntman is presenting again this year at the Small Business Festival.
This year’s presentation offers some very personal insights from Shane’s experience as a successful small business owner.
5 things I wish I knew when I started a small business
Here are all the relevant details:
Event ID: E18699
Presented by: Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre
When: 10 August, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: Donkey Wheel House, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Dr Shane Buntman is passionate about small business and its value to the community.
At Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre we offer a range of allied health services including Osteopathy, Pilates, Remedial Massage, Myotherapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine across two convenient CBD locations. Please feel free to ask a question, contact us or email us at:
Although completely different in intent, there are many cross-overs and benefits between Pilates and Yoga. Each lifestyle (or method) has proponents eager to tell you why their method is better than the other.
However, as with many things, deciding which will provide the most benefit is a complex combination of factors including: the particular body and personality in question; the various barriers to practice; and what the subject currently needs to help them get better, stronger, pain-free or simply find an improved sense of well-being.
Many blogs (including our own) suggest that Pilates is good for this and good for that and good for pretty much everything. Well, the truth is that Pilates is good, actually great, for almost everything and is beneficial for everyone, particularly older clients. At MOSIC we have been absolutely privileged to work with several clients into their late 80’s whose weekly Pilates sessions have allowed them to live independently and with a self-reported increase in daily confidence.
We all live inside a different body. No two are exactly the same. Some are tall. Some short. They can be big- or small-boned. There are slow, heavy and fast-moving bodies. Toned and squishy bodies. Rather than pursuing a particular (and often unattainable) body type, the way to really explore our limits is to learn about our own particular type of body. The more we understand it, the more fun we can have with it!
Firstly, we need to identify the aspects of our bodies that don’t change, like the structure of our bones. A large-boned, seven-foot-tall person will remain tall their whole life, perhaps only shrinking a few centimetres in older age due to postural changes and normal disc height reduction.
But there are many other body traits that are changeable depending on how we live and what we do. The connectivity of our muscles, ligaments and tendons fit in to this category. Muscles have been described as the organs of the will – our mind can control them. We can use knowledge about the type of muscles we are born with to exploit this characteristic to make positive and lasting changes to them.
Some people’s muscles naturally hold a lot of tension. Others inherit muscles (and ligaments) that are more flexible and mobile – therapists often label them as hypermobile.
Have you ever joined a yoga class and wondered why you seem to be struggling more than the yogi next to you?
It might help to break the pose down into the elements required by each area of the body and work on them separately before putting it all together.
Here’s an example using the ‘extended side angle’ pose as performed by Pilates instructor Luisa Burgoyne.
As pictured below, this pose requires:
- left hip flexion
- right hip extension
- spine rotation right
- elevation of right shoulder
Having taught and practiced Pilates for around 8 years now, my body has always been rather consistent. Even when there’s a bit of tightness in my shoulders and neck or a slight twinge in my knee, my body has always felt reliable.
My pregnancy thus far has been quite smooth sailing (touch wood), with no morning sickness and only a little bit of fatigue. However, after hitting the 20 week mark with my baby bump beginning to take shape, a couple of new niggles have developed that my body wasn’t used to. The most prominent being a tightness in my coccyx (tailbone) and sit-bones (the two boney points that we sit on). These niggles were constant, whether standing, bending over or even just trying to find a comfortable position sitting on the couch.