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How’s Your Golf Swing?

Finally winter is gone and the weather is perfect for golfing! Is your body ready as well? If you are suffering from back pain due to recent golfing activity, chances are it’s time to get a body tune-up and muscle balance.

Muscle weakness and hypertonicity can cause low back pain, so common with golfers. It may be caused by daily repetitive life-style activities, improper body mechanics, overuse of certain muscle groups, or lack of use! If lack of activity over the winter months has left you out of shape, now is the time to evaluate and balance your body for activity again.

Golf Swing... Low Back Pain

Golf Swing... Low Back Pain

by Erik Dalton Ph.D., Certified Advanced Rolfer®
founder of Freedom From Pain Institute™

Because the golf swing involves an array of complex unilateral body movements, at some point virtually every golfer will experience an acute injury or chronic back pain.

Here are some recent stats:

  • 53% of male and 45% of female golfers suffer low back pain.
  • As many as 30% of professional golfers are playing injured.
  • 33% of golfers are over the age of 50.
  • Playing golf and another sport increase your chance of injury by 40%.

Researchers conclude that a majority of injuries affecting male golfers originate in the low back and are related to improper swing mechanics and/or the repetitive nature of the swing. Amateurs are typically injured due to improper swing mechanics whereas professionals suffer overuse injuries as they obsessively perform repeated strokes. When a high velocity rotary force couples with trunk sidebending (the crunch factor), the golfer's spine and paravertebral tissues take a beating. It's no wonder low back pain (LBP) is the most common myoskeletal complaint among golfers (Fig1).

Golf Swing... Low Back Pain

To hit the ball a great distance, the body must have the ability to rotate into and maintain a wide arc throughout the swing (Fig 2). Manual therapy techniques that increase range of hip turn allow a decrease in the amount of shoulder turn, thus reducing the amount of trunk flexion and sidebending during the downswing. Sounds easy to fix? Maybe...BUT, before jumping in and mobilizing the adhesive hip capsules, the therapist must first restore proper secondary curves to the cervical and, particularly... the lumbar spine. Too much or too little curve creates excessive torsional and compressive loads at the thoracolumbar and lumbosacral junctions.

Fortunately, there are usually only a couple of (non-surgical) things that lead to a golfer's back pain:

1. muscle imbalances, and,
2. joint dysfunction.

One must rule these out first before an orthopedists comes up with some rare and scary diagnosis. The myoskeletal approach begins by correcting lower crossed muscle imbalance patterns and then assessing and restoring joint play to fixated lumbar and thoracic facet joints.


Humans rarely move one muscle at a time along a single plane. Modern science tells us that the brain does not recognize individual muscle activities because it doesn't need to. Instead, the brain looks at movement patterns and creates coordination between all muscles needed. Since the primary function of synovial joints is to transmit stress when stabilized by muscle contraction, without this foundation, muscles and enveloping fascia are unable to achieve maximum leverage to move the body through a smooth golf swing. Because synovial joint stability relies on proper length/strength balance of surrounding connective tissues (muscles, ligaments, paravertebral fascia and joint capsules), anything that disrupts this delicate balance may cause damage and nociception. If pain is associated with loss of joint flexibility, the brain may decide to 'splint' the area with protective spasm.

The focus of Myoskeletal Alignment's functional therapeutics approach is "joint stabilization through muscle manipulation." The greater control the golfer has over new and diverse movement patterns, the better she can perform with less chance of injury. Once the revitalized and functionally balanced neuromuscular system allows muscles and joints to work at optimal levels of motor unit recruitment and synchronization, the rate of force production and maximal acceleration improves... and so does the golf swing!

For More Information visit www.erikdalton.com

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