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Golf and Low back pain

Golf and Low back pain

One of the biggest complaints we get with our golfers is about chronic, recurrent back pain. Put more simply back pain that keeps coming back when they play golf. In the TPI system we talk a lot about the swing characteristic of a “reverse spine angle” which occurs when the player has too much backwards bend in the upper body and/or an upper body that bends towards the target during the backswing. This backswing position limits range of motion and inhibits (turns off) the core musculature that steals away performance in terms of power but also puts additional stress on the lower back and is a leading cause of back pain among golfers. The reverse spine angle characteristic is found in 38.5% of players so don’t be too sure that you may not be suffering from it. You might have an issue with reverse spine angle if you also notice that your setup posture is in the S-Curve category (read our article about this ... read more

TPI Breakdown: Loss of Posture

TPI Breakdown: Loss of Posture

Loss of Posture.  Throughout the golf swing we should (for the most part) retain the original set-up angles of the body. Loss of posture occurs when we fail at this and affects balance swing rhythm and timing as well as overall balance and often results in a left hook or right block (if your a righty). Although many players will have the occasional “perfect shot” the overall game will be fairly inconsistent because of the need to use timing based corrections to square the club face for impact. Many of the underling causes of loss of posture related to underlying limitations in mobility/flexibility of the upper and lower body or a lack of stabilization of the core. Using the TPI screening process we use tests such as the Overhead Deep Squat, Toe Touch, Rotation tests, and Lat tests among others to hone in on your specific needs. From there we are able to help you build a plan of action including home care, chiropractic adjustments, Active Release Technique and lead ... read more

Golf Posture. The slumpy C -Posture.

Golf Posture. The slumpy C -Posture.

What about C-Posture??   Well if S-Posture is all about what’s going on with the lower back and hips at setup then C-Posture is all about what happens in the upper back and shoulders. C-Posture describes a setup position where the back is overly rounded and the shoulders are slumped forward resulting in a body position that looks like a “C” and is adopted by about 33% of golfers.   Just like S-Curve postures have a underlying muscle imbalance called Lower Cross Syndrome, C-Posture is commonly related to an imbalance referred to as Upper Cross Syndrome. In Upper cross we see a relationship between overly activated/tight pecs, lats, and upper traps (among several others) along with weak neck flexors, serratus anterior and lower traps. All of this results in a spinal posture that limits your ability rotate your torso which dramatically inhibits a fluid, full range backswing. So how do we correct this? Starting with focused drills on improvi ... read more

Golf Posture. The S-Curve epidemic.

Golf Posture. The S-Curve epidemic.

  Ever finish round and feel that lingering tightness through your lower back? How about making it half way through a round of 18 and starting to feel that sharp discomfort during your swing? If you’ve experienced something like either of these then your problem may have a foundation on your setup posture.  The S-Curve posture refers to a setup posture adopted by 25% of golfers characterized by overextending the low back (too much arch) and increases the workload of the low back muscles while also turning off the core muscles. This combination will commonly result in a loss of posture throughout the swing including adaptation of what is referred to as Reverse Spine Angle (one of the leading causes of golf related low back pain).  What causes S-Curve Posture? The most common physical cause of this posture is what we commonly refer to as Lower Cross Syndrome. Lower Cross is simply put a description of muscle imbalances (overly tight hip flexors and low bac ... read more

Muscle Knots, Kinks, Trigger Points, Adhesions AKA Issues in the Tissues! Part 1

Let’s start with the basics of movement. Movement is the lengthening and shortening of muscles which will move and change the angle of the joints they cross. To achieve this shortening affect the muscles have to go through a process of sodium and calcium exchange that leads to the muscle contraction. This exchange is not inherently negative. However, this exchange can leave bi-product that builds up in the muscle tissue. Overuse or excessive use (excessive exchange) of any one muscle or groups of muscles can also leave bi-product within the muscle. This excessive use can range from powerlifting in crossfit to endurance running. But it can also come from looking down at your phone (text-neck)and typing on a computer (tennis elbow). The former is a sexier and more fun way to achieve the poor tissue quality. But both can lead to Muscle Knots, Kinks, Trigger Points, Adhesions AKA Issues in the Tissues! These are all imperfections in the muscle tissue. We use a variety of therapies to ... read more

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