Fix your swing, decrease low back pain!
There are 26 million golfers in the U.S. and rising. The number 1 injury sustained by golfers is low back pain. Most golfers report back pain developing over time rather than one incident, and the average injury last about 2-4 weeks. Prevention is managed by addressing movement patterns, muscle imbalances, and type of swing used. These factors directly impact the spine during the golf swing, therefore need to be addressed to prevent or rehabilitate the low back injury.
Sports Health Journal identifies early extension of the low back, reverse spine angle during back-swing and reverse -C finish as the top 3 swing faults related to low back pain.
Images: Finn C. Rehabilitation of low back pain in golfers: from diagnosis to return to sport. Sports Health. 2013;5(4):313–319. doi:10.1177/1941738113479893
Core strength, scapular and hip stabilization are important foundations for the swing. Rehabilitation and prevention start with addressing the function of the above-mentioned areas.
Core muscles should be engaged during the swing to stabilize the spine during postural changes and loads. Diaphragmatic breathing is a large component of core stabilization during a golf game, even putting. The multifidus, quadratus lumborum, transverse abdominis, external obliques, hip abductors, all contribute to core stability.
Training of these muscles should be integrated early in rehab and transitions well to on-course application. Exercises that isolate the target muscles are a great starting point and can be prescribed and demonstrated by a health care provider. Core stability training can be heightened by performing on unstable surfaces such as bosu balls, balance discs or physio balls.
The shoulder blades, shoulder mobility and thoracic range of motion in extension/rotation, hip mobility, ankle mobility, balance can all causes compensation patterns to arise. Therefore, should also be assessed and addressed in prevention/rehabilitation.
You can do all of this by working with a professional in the medical field such as a chiropractor or physical therapist to identify faulty mechanics. A golf pro can help you to identify problems you might have in the sequence of your swing for functionality. The medical professional will help to identify and rehabilitate muscular compensations that have occurred and work to establish balance and increase mobility and strength where needed.
Don't let low back pain keep you from playing your best game!
The plantar fascia—most people have heard the term—but what is it and why are so many people complaining about it? Why can the plantar fascia become so painful and irritating? The answer is because the plantar fascia is a structure that is crucial to a human’s ability to walk, and well, we walk a lot.
To break the term down to its root parts: Plantar is the sole of the foot and Fascia is a band or sheet of tissue, primarily collagen, that connects, supports, or separates. The plantar fascia is a structure that supports the sole of the foot, the connections from the heel to all five toes, and separates the layers of muscle. Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of this structure.
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain but can also cause midfoot pain. It is usually a result of cumulative trauma. It is very common in those who have a flattened medial arch, placing more tension on the plantar fascia, and repetitive micro-traumas. Tight and weak calf muscles, known as the gastric and soleus also contribute to increased strain on the plantar fascia. Hamstring tightness is also associated in high rates with this condition.
Arm pain, tingling and numbness can have several causes of origin. A common one that responds phenomenally to chiropractic care is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome aka T.O.S. Does this sound like you? Let’s learn about #thoracicoutletsyndrome !!!
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a condition that presents with arm pain, tingling, numbness and sometimes fatigue or weakness while performing activity. These symptoms are caused by compression of the nerves, arteries and veins traveling from the neck and upper torso into the arm. The space these vessels travel through is called the thoracic outlet, you can think of it as a tunnel of sorts. The tunnel, when all is well, has no impingement upon the vessels that travel through it. When posture and lifestyle cause changes in the muscles and ergonomics surrounding the tunnel, the tunnel narrows. When the tunnel narrows one or more of the structures passing through it can become compressed. Think of this as a lane of traffic being shut down in the tunnel. Which makes everyone else mad! Depending which "lane" is compressed, will determine how the symptoms present. Depending where the "lane" is compressed will dictate where the symptoms appear.
This 8 month old cutie is crawling and subsequently falling... a lot. So he came in for an adjustment!
Here you see Dr. Holly checking the movement in baby, Graham’s SI joints and low back. The degree of movement in these joints are small, but critical for crawling babies. Dysfunction makes it uncomfortable and difficult for babies to flex their knees to their chest, which is fundamental to moving forward while crawling.
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