Splendour hints from physio

Splendour in the Mud!

Splendour in the Mud! Barefoot Physio tips

I’ve been to my fair share of festivals around the world (Glastonbury, Running of the Bulls, La Tomatina, Isle of Wight, Gentlemen of the Road, Blues Fest.. to name a few..) but after Splendour in the Grass this year I realised I am not as young as I used to be…

Splendour in the Grass 2015 was better known as Splendour in the Mud. We walked for 12 hours/day in gumboots for 3 days. My calves and adductors have never been so tight!

Cherelle in the mud at Splendour - what a physio!As I reflected on the weekend, I realised I was grateful for a few things:

Facebook Updates. If I didn’t check my newsfeed the morning we left to drive down to Splendour, I wouldn’t have known that gumboots were a MUST for the festival. Luckily my sister left her pair at my place after Bluesfest. But we still needed a pair for my partner – Bunnings in Ipswich and Tweed Heads were the only stores left with stock. I’m glad we were heading south! Nabbed the last pair of Size 10 at Tweed Heads and off we went.

Ponchos. The first night we had 2hrs of rain through the Mark Ronson set. The combination of a poncho and his awesome show made this experience so much more enjoyable for us. (Unlike our mate who spent 1/2 of the time picking up other people’s ponchos off the muddy wet ground to try on).

Foam Roller & Lacrosse Ball. It took me 45mins a day of self-massage to get my legs comfortable enough to front up for another 12hrs of walking around in sticky/slippery mud again.

Backpacks. The first day of the festival I took my shoulder bag and woke up with very stiff/sore neck the following morning. So, the next day I used a backpack and I pulled up fine.

Experience. I’ve been to a few festivals in the UK, and they are typically muddy. Believe me, there is a specific walking technique required to trudge through deep mud in heavy gumboots. If you go too fast, you’ll slip over. If you go too slow, you’ll get stuck. Take a step back and just watch the people walking from the bar… it’s highly entertaining.

Teepees in the mud - Splendour 2015

So, apart from the above, I’d also add a bunch of good mates and a decent stubby cooler and you’ll have the time of your life!

Barefoot Physiotherapy Splendour 2015


Magic hands… and fingers!

Barefoot Physiotherapy Sal Oliver Lange

We’re a pretty musical bunch down here at the Blue House… Cherelle is off at Splendour as I’m writing this and Sal and I are busy practising our sweet tunes to play for her when she gets back (we’re thinking Blur but are open to requests). We thought you might want to hear more about playing Guitar from a physio’s point of view.

Since age five I was put into piano lessons (which I stuck out for a LONG 10 years), which actually built a great foundation for my passion of music.

This soon developed into what I thought were “cooler” instruments, focusing strongly on guitar. I have now played guitar for roughly 12 years (although currently not as often as I would like).

This love of music mixed with a determined personality makes for long hours put in when trying to learn a new riff of song.

About a two years ago when I was trying to master Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits, I roughly put in 15 hours of practice over a weekend. When Monday rolled around I had a very sore neck, a throbbing wrist and almost bloody fingers. Although my raw fingers were directly caused by an accumulation of pressing them against wire strings for so many hours, I very well could have avoided a sore neck and wrist.

Especially when putting in hours after hours of practicing a musical instrument you have to remember to protect your body. It is so easy to get caught up in playing and forget this. Check out two of the most common postural mistakes when playing guitar (especially beginners!).


Take note of the photos below:

Physiotherapy for guitarists

On the left – notice the flexed wrist position. This compresses the blood vessels and nerves travelling through the wrist. Staying in this position for prolonged times will give you a sore wrist in the short term and can lead to more serious problems long term (Carpal Tunnel syndrome for example)

On the right – Good wrist posture. Notice the neutral wrist position. Happy wrist and hand!


Have a look at the photos below:

Posture for guitarists Physiotherapy

On the left – Poor playing position – notice the hunched over back and the flexed/bent forward neck. This position is sure to give me a sore neck and back!

On the right – Good posture! What a rock star! Notice the neutral spine and neck position. Although it can be more challenging to learn guitar without constantly staring at your hands, you will become more comfortable in the future and your body will thank you!

Any song requests?





Pete – touch footy, barra fishing and sirens blaring!

Physio for paramedics

Pete Joseph loves a challenge. Whether it be side stepping on the touch footy field, catching barramundi or saving lives. 

At Barefoot, we love to look after the people who look after us. Being a paramedic is taxing on your body. You need to put yourself into difficult situations physically and mentally. It’s important to have your outlets and for Pete Joseph, it’s touch footy & barramundi fishing. We were keen to hear more about this lifestyle that sounds like it’s out of an Adventure magazine! 

You’ve just played for the NQ Touch Footy team at a State comp, but you live in Brisbane. How does that come about?

I’ve represented Cairns Pirates at the NQ championship whilst living in Cairns multiple times and due to this I was able to use my home grown status to tour with the team this year in June 2015. This is an avenue for players such as myself that have a passion for representing their home region.

Having grown up in cairns you can’t help but feel an emotional attachment to representing the region at any opportunity you can get. Not only do I get to play touch football with my mates I grew up with, but making it known to everyone that I’m a proud NQ boy and will always be. This is something most city slickers won’t ever understand. Cairns will always be known to me as my home and the connection with the region is something that will never fade. I suppose you can compare it to the same passion that Queensland supporters have during the state of origin series… Queenslander!!!!!

Physiotherapy touch football

We know you get asked about it all the time (because we all want to know about you guys in uniform!) but can you tell us about what made you decide to become a paramedic and what’s a usual day like?

I’m a bit biased, but being a paramedic is the best job in the world. I was an electrician but I wanted a bit more of a challenge and being a paramedic has certainly filled that void. Being a paramedic is rewarding and unique which makes the role so enjoyable.

And what’s a usual day like? It’s sometimes that’s hard to describe. There are no two days that are similar, not even close. We don’t have a usual day which is one of the reasons why I and other paramedics are attracted to the role. When we log on with our communications centre, the possibilities are endless. We could be simply talking amongst ourselves about the weekend sport when we receive a job that requires us to treat a patient that can be medically unwell or involved in a traumatic event. We never know what we will encounter or who we will meet, which is what makes it so interesting.

We hear that you love fishing in the NT. Tell us about your most memorable trip.

Fishing is my chance to completely relax. Being isolated with your mates catching big Barra is hard to beat. I have heaps of great memories however catching your first fish of the trip always sticks in your mind. This photo was taken in Kununurra W.A which was our plan B location due to bad weather in the Northern Territory.

Fishing lifestyle Physiotherapy

Thanks Pete!

PS – Pete’s next focus for touch is to be representing the North Queensland Cyclones, March 2016 at the National Touch League Championship in Coffs Harbour.



Not so happy in my hoodie!

Hermit crab = person who likes wearing other people clothes

The people that know me well know I’m a serial hermit crab when it comes to Winter clothes. (Hermit crab: Salvages empty seashells – aka jumpers – to protect them from predators – aka the cold). Ie: all my Winter clothes are hand-me-downs.

Main reasons:

1 – I don’t like clothes shopping

2 – I am in a constant state of denial that I need to even own ‘Winter’ clothes

I’m serious… have a look at this cupboard:

Winter clothes

From left to right (previous owner in brackets after)

  • Overalls (cousin Hugh)
  • Grey hoodie (Shinus actual owner not previous owner although I tried)
  • Black zipup (H.O. aka Mum)
  • Rain jacket (QAS soccer)
  • Grey jacket (someone that donated it to Paddington St Vinnies)
  • Blue jumper (Cherelle)
  • Black jacket (H.O.’s best friend’s little sister)
  • Children’s wallabies jersey (some child)
  • Coach’s shirt (Brisbane State High)
  • Wallabies jersey (actually owned by Sal!)
  • Grey jumper (Rosalie crew clothes swap)
  • Coach’s jacket (Brisbane State High)
  • Light grey zipup (Bartzis)
  • Blazer (Brisbane State High)
  • Lab coat from the 70s worn to all Anatomy labs through uni by Sal (H.O. from when she was a scientist)
  • And yes that to the far left is a Lemur costume.

So when Shinus was heading to Melbourne and needed his grey hoodie back the whole wardrobe could easily have gone in to disarray! It’s a delicate ecosystem.

Thankfully Super Loz (aka Lauren) was in town to take me Grey Hoodie shopping. The brief: One store, 3 or less things to try on, 10 minutes or less, celebration drinks on James street after. Luckily no challenge is too tough for Super Loz! Kathmandu Grey Hoodie, on Sale, 9 minutes, Champagne please!

(I don’t take a good selfie so here’s photos of said hoodie with PJ modelling and Bundy looking on amused:)

Dogs in hoodies lifestyle

So after celebratory drinks and chats I got home and was so excited to have a jumper I had actually bought myself I wore it to bed… and woke up with a sore neck because the hood pushed my head into a funny position.

Moral of the story: Don’t wear a hoodie to bed.

dog hoodie lifestyle

Note: no clothes or animals were harmed in the production of this scientific article.

Happy Winter!


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