Do you need golf physiotherapy to improve your swing?
Golf may be one of the few sports in which people of all ages can participate, but injuries present themselves, and they are quite prevalent, for both professionals and amateurs. Research has shown that traumatic injuries associated with golf most often occur in amateurs and they are generally caused by incorrect golf swings. The golf swing utilizes virtually the entire body and is quite biomechanically complex. Since the professional golfer has shed most of the incorrect facets of his or her swing doesn’t suffer the sudden, traumatic injuries. Golf-related injuries for professional golfers, most often come by way of years of repetition.
regardless of the level at which they play, should know what causes the most
common injuries, what their symptoms are, and when they should seek the help of
a physiotherapist for golf physiotherapy.
The 6 most common golf injuries: causes, symptoms, solutions
*Harvard Medical School Study (2004)
1. BACK PAIN
The motion of a golf swing and the hunched-over putting stance places great strain on vertebrae in the lumbar spine. Repetitive, one-sided twisting of the spine (30-50 times in an average round of golf) contributes to stress on the lumbar spine. Bending over to pick up a heavy golf bag can strain muscles over time. Arthritis in the area of worn vertebrae can also contribute to back pain. The discomfort you feel is probably the result of a muscle strain or ligament sprain and will heal itself with rest and subsequent strength training.
How can we help/what will golf physiotherapy do?
Trigger release therapy: Trigger points, also known muscle knots, are described as hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers.
The trigger point model states that unexplained pain frequently radiates from these points of local tenderness to broader areas, sometimes distant from the trigger point itself. Physiotherpists can identify reliable referred pain patterns which associate pain in one location with trigger points elsewhere.
We treat trigger points in back muscles through manual compression of the trigger point, which may elicit local tenderness and/or referred pain, but will result decreased muscle tension and decreased pain on movement. Not only will we perform trigger point release on you but we will also teach you how to perform this type of treatment on yourself so that the effect can be maintained.
Many episodes of lower back muscle strain result from strains and over-exertions, creating tension in the muscles and soft tissues around the lower spine. As a result, this restricts proper circulation and sends pain signals to the brain. Muscle spasm in the lower back can create sensations that may range from mild discomfort to excruciating lower back pain.
Heat therapy application can help provide lower back pain relief through several mechanisms:
We use heat therapy in combination with other treatment modalities, in order to maximise its benefits. We will also give you advice on the best ways to provide heat treatment to yourself.
strengthening as part of golf physiotherapy program
The transverse abdominis muscle is one of the most neglected and forgotten muscles. However it is critical for strengthening the core and minimizing back injury. The function of the transverse abdominis is to stabilize the pelvis and lower back prior to the movement of the body by helping to compress the ribs. It is thought to be a major muscle of the functional core in the human body that is used for posture and support. According to a 2005 paper published in the "Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy", rehabilitation that focuses on the activation of the deep trunk muscles such as the transverse abdominis, by restoring motor controls, has been found to significantly decrease the symptoms associated with low back pain, causing fewer recurring episodes overall. The reduction of low back pain in the study was accomplished by an exercise known as the abdominal drawing-in maneuver.
We will teach you how to activate your core muscles by using the drawing-in maneuver. We will then provide you with a graded strengthening program to work on in your own time. It's done by lying on your back with knees bent and pulling in your belly button down towards your spine. This contraction activates the deep muscles that are otherwise difficult to reach with conventional movements.General golf physiotherapy advice
If back pain persists, come see us at Urbanrehab for golf physiotherapy to diagnose the cause and treatment the source of the problem.
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