Preventing back pain in golfers
Low back pain is a very common problem affecting many golfers. Incidence rates of low back pain in golfers range between 18 and 54%. However, many golfers do not experience back pain and it is quite preventable. The following tips will help you to avoid pain and continue playing golf:
1. Be consistent with your practice.
If you haven’t practiced for a while, build up slowly, to give your muscles a chance to adapt to the cumulative loading on the spine.
2. Inncrease hip and upper trunk rotation flexibility
Excessive rotation at the lumbar spine may contribute to loading in the lower part of the lumbar spine. By improving your hip flexibility (especially on the lead side) and upper trunk flexibility, this can improve the distribution of rotation forces in the spine.
3. Get professional help to assess your swing
Improving your address posture (by not slouching) and decreasing the amount of spinal side bend through impact is important to reduce loading forces on the spine.
4. Improve muscle control in the pelvis and spinal muscles
Pilates based exercises are a great way to achieve this.
5. Avoid carrying your bag
This will increase loading forces on your spine and cause fatigue in your spinal support muscles. However, if you do plan to carry a bag, please ensure that you use a strap, which distributes the weight across both shoulders.
6. Consider other areas of your life
Address other areas of your life that may increase the likelihood of you experiencing pain, for example: a sedentary lifestyle or excessive stress.
Physiotherapy services at ALO:
Come for a physiotherapy golf biomechanics assessment at ALO, where we will set you up with a programme of exercises designed to help you to improve your golf technique and prevent injuries.
TO BOOK YOUR GOLF BIOMECHANICS ASSESSMENT
Tel: 0207 636 8845
If unfortunately you do get injured and you would like treatment; at ALO we offer:
- Rehabilitative exercise programmes
- Electrotherapy: Human Tecar Therapy, Ultrasound
- Manual Therapy and Soft tissue techniques
- Biomechanics Assessment and golf re-training
- Strapping and taping
CONTACT ALO PHYSIOTHERAPY, Harley Street, London W1: