Golf is an activity that can cause and/or exacerbate your conditions, particularly in relation to your low back, hips, shoulders and wrists.
Using osteopathy, we aim to reduce the risk of these injuries, potentially enabling you to get the most of out of your body and your game.
Set up and address
- Neutral / straight posture of your lumbar (lower) spine, with a slight rounding of your thoracic (mid) spine is the ideal address.
- The bend / flexion of the address should exclusively come from your hips and a slight knee bend.
- Your low back should not ever generate this bend.
- Knee caps should be in line with the middle of your feet and not the end of your toes.
- Head should be in line with the rest of your spine and not flexed.
- Arms and shoulders should hang in a relaxed position.
- Bodyweight should be centred over the middle of your feet, and in between the feet not favouring one foot.
Low back and shoulder problems may be exacerbated by the traditional ‘pull behind’ buggy. We suggest you look at using a ‘push’ buggy instead. These buggies may put far less demand on your shoulder and lower back structures.
Knee and hip issues whilst on course can be addressed through more appropriate footwear.
Soft spikes on the bottoms of your shoes can help to reduce torque and friction between you and the ground. They also improve your stability particularly in wet conditions.
Two measurements can be used:
- Distance between wrist and floor
- Persons own height
For golfers with arthritis in the hands bionic gloves can greatly aid in not only reducing pain in your hands but they can also aid in generating an improvement in grip strength which may be reduced if you have arthritis. www.bionicgloves.com
Lifting your front foot off the ground prior to the completion of the swing will generate a dangerous amount of rotation through your pelvis and low back.
Lack of mobility through your ankles, hips and upper back results in the mid-lower back having to generate more torque to compensate for this, thus if you have these deficiencies, your lower back is far more susceptible to injury.
What osteopaths can do for injured golfers?
- Screen your body to assess what may potentially cause injury down the track.
- Increase mobility through deficient joints, to reduce load on your lower spine, therefore greatly reducing chance of future injury.
- Rehab and improve muscle strength and conditioning through your pelvic and core muscles, to prevent shearing and excess load on your lower back structures.
- Look at postures and stance to address potential adjustments that can aid you in lessening the chance of injury/re-aggravation, which you may or may not be aware of.
- Work through injured and painful areas to alleviate symptoms, enable a quicker return to golf and other activities, rather than simply allowing the condition time to heal.
Dr Josh Wood (Osteopath) has a specific interest in golf injury rehabilitation. If you have pain caused through playing golf, we suggest making an appointment with Josh so that he can assess your pain and specific golf biomechanics. He may then work with you to address your golf stance and swing to relieve and manage your existing pain and prevent further pain. Please call 9830 7044 to organise an appointment.
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For further information, please contact:
Dr Josh Wood
Spring Osteo Clinic
+61 3 9830 7044
About Spring Osteo Clinic
Spring is an osteopathic, clinical pilates and massage clinic located on Whitehorse Road, Surrey Hills. We are available to treat your back, neck, headaches, migraines, sports injuries, pregnancy pain, postural related pain and more. We take a holistic approach to your treatment by reviewing your direct problem area as well as assessing your whole body and lifestyle. This helps us to understand the cause of the problem and find ways for you to gain immediate and long-term relief; offer preventative solutions; and equip you with pain management skills. We treat people through all stages of life including babies and children; teenagers with study strains; athletes – beginner to professional; pregnant women and new mums; tradesmen and desk bound workers with postural complaints. https://www.springosteo.com.au