Golf Pain and Solutions

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Golf is a great sport but the powerful movements can create stress on the body.  This stress can cause pain and disrupt not only the ability to enjoy and play golf, but interfere with daily activities. Through soft tissue massage and manipulation, bodywork can help with function, motility, and range of motion. Our goal is to reduce and alleviate pain and get you back on the course feeling your best! 

Below is a list of common contributing factors that can have an effect on your golfing experience. 

REPETITIVE ROTATION:

The repetitive rotation of swinging causes the core (trunk) to become stronger on one side. This creates a rotation of the pelvis and an imbalance that compresses muscles and bones. This imbalance can contribute to lower back and pelvic pain. Below are common area issues that can have an effect on your golf experience.

SHOULDER IMPINGEMENT:

Most of the time, the area where the shoulder hurts is not where the actual problem is. The shoulder is a complex joint that requires both movement of the scapula (shoulder blade) and the glenohumeral joint (shoulder ball/socket). During our daily lives, it is common for us to adapt to a shoulder-forward posture. During activities, like a desk job, driving, nursing a baby, watching a show, or other such things we tend to slump forward. This causes some of our muscles to be too tight and others to be too stretched. This will limit the range of movement of the shoulder and hinder a proper golf swing and tend to cause pain with other movements. Restoring the balance to the shoulder can lead to pain free movement.

LIMITED HIP MOBILITY:

A major cause of hip pain are glutes that are not working correctly.  This leads directly to low back pain and “sciatic” pain. When we work with the muscles to restore balance and increase mobility, there can be a dramatic difference in both the range of motion and decreased pain.

KNEE PAIN: 

Aside from a direct injury, most knee pain comes from either the hip or the foot. Very often there is an imbalance in the calf muscles, the quads, the hamstrings, or the hip muscles that are causing stress on the knee. Restoring the balance to those muscles can make a dramatic difference in knee pain.

SCAR RESTRICTIONS:

Scars act kind of like a “wild card” in the body. They are known to cause many musculoskeletal restrictions not only right around the scar itself but also in areas that are quite far removed. Restrictions that are common include limited hip mobility, shoulder pain, pain at the incision, low back pain, and various abdominal issues such as incontinence, constipation, or a feeling of being “too tight” in the abdomen. We can work very specifically with the scar and the restrictions that they cause. 

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