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Feeling Under Par? Osteopathy Can Help Get You Back in the Swing

We treat many golfers at Cedar Hall Clinics for various conditions, but lower back pain (lumbar spine region) is one of the most common ailments and can be a problem for golfers of all ages. Various studies have estimated that roughly a third of all golfers will struggle with lower back pain at some point in their lives.

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What causes this pain?

Each individual case is different and the cause of the lower back pain can vary but in our experience a lack of mobility in the ankles, hips, middle back (thoracic spine) and shoulders forces the lower back to work excessively hard. This puts a lot of pressure on the sacroiliac joint (SIJ) – the spot where the spine connects with the pelvis – as many golfers will rely on their lower back to generate the turn and power in their swings. This is particularly true for golfers with weak glute and hip muscles and those that have a poor range of motion in their mid-back region.

Another issue is that golf is a one-sided sport and golfers tend to put more stress on one side of the pelvis than the other. Most golfers also aren’t very good at stretching and warming up prior to teeing off and this can be a significant contributor to back pain after their round.

So what can be done?

  • Warm up properly
    Going straight to the first tee from your car or the clubhouse without doing a warm up is one of the surest ways of ending up with lower back pain. Give yourself an extra 15 minutes and start your warm up with some simple stretches on the following areas;
  • Shoulder & Torso: Hold a golf club with both hands across the shoulders and gently rotate the torso on both sides
  • Hips: In a seating position, pull one knee to the chest and repeat on the other side
  • Hamstrings: Starting in a standing position, bend over and try to touch the toes. Having flexibility in your hamstrings is essential if you want to avoid back pain as it will allow more movement in the pelvis and help reduce the stress on the lower back.

Practice smooth swings with good rhythm

With a proper swing you should be using the shoulders, chest, pelvis (hip) and lower back muscles to share the load of the swing. Practicing smooth rhythmic swings helps to develop muscle memory and prepares the muscle groups for the torque (force) and torsion (twisting) that a golf swing produces. Begin with the smaller irons and progress up to the larger woods, as this process will allow the muscles to warm up incrementally.

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Use a trolley to carry the golf bag

Golf bags can be heavy and very often you will see golfers carrying them with just one strap on the shoulder. This will create too much pressure on one side of the pelvis. We would always recommend using a golf trolley or buggy, but if you want to carry your bag make sure to use the dual straps to evenly split the weight across the back. This will reduce the chances of developing low back pain from an uneven load.

 

How osteopathy can help

If none of the above tips are making any difference to your pain it may be time to see an osteopath, who are specialists in relieving the pain associated with golfing injuries. Very often the treatment will involve not just treating the area of pain but also focusing on the associated muscles, nerves, tendons and ligaments to ensure that they are all functioning optimally. This will help reduce the chances of the same injury recurring while also enhancing the body’s resilience to future injuries.

If you have any concerns over an injury you have picked up playing golf or one that is affecting your game please feel free to give us a call. Or make an appointment for a free assessment to find out what’s going on. We’re always happy to give advice or address any concerns you may have.

Until next time – happy golfing.

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3 Things You Might Not Know About Osteopathy

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1)  In 1993 the Osteopaths Act was passed giving Osteopaths state recognition and the same responsibility for patients as doctors and dentists.
2) Osteopathy is the oldest form of manual therapy
3) Osteopaths treat much more than bad backs! You might be surprised with this list:

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PLUS……….Did you know that at Cedar Hall Clinics we treat pain & discomfort in all ages? From new born to well beyond retirement. From pregnant mums to growing toddlers. From weekend warriors to elite athletes. From desk bound office workers  to manual labourers. From active keep fitters to couch potatoes. From those suffering minor stresses & strains of modern living to those recovering from surgery or injury.

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Posted by on February 7, 2017 in Clinic News, Uncategorized

 

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Spooks & Witches Invade Cedar Hall

Halloween has arrived at Cedar Hall Clinics Essex with Stan Skeleton taking up residence in reception at our Thurrock practice and Winnie Witch hiding among the flowers at Benfleet. Our younger patients are absolutely thrilled – especially as spooky sweets are on offer too!

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Posted by on October 29, 2016 in Clinic News, Uncategorized

 

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Mechanics for the Body

Every body needs a good mechanic once in a while – so if your body parts need an MOT come and see us at one of our clinics in Essex. www.cedarhallclinics.co.ukmaledancer

 
 

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Pills Are Not Always Necessary

Your doctor may well give you pills to treat your ache, pain or muscular injury and sometimes they are effective. But often when you stop taking the pills – the pain returns. An osteopath won’t give you pills, but may well cure your pain. Why not take your pain to an osteopath?

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2015 in Clinic News

 

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Acupuncturist Kerry Cameron at Cedar Hall Thurrock

Having embarked on a career in accountancy when leaving school in 1988, Kerry Cameron quickly realised she just wasn’t cut out to be an accountant! By 1991 she had completed an ITEC massage course and felt that at last she was on the right path. She worked as an assistant to a local osteopath doing his pre manipulation massage, gaining a wealth of experience in various massage techniques.

Enjoying her new career, Kerry was eager to learn more. Firstly she studied sports injury therapy and following this she completed a three year course in Acupuncture at The LCTA in London. She has been a licensed Acupuncturist and a member of the British Acupuncture Council since 1997. Kerry is a Chronic Fatigue specialist, a member of the NHS Directory and has specialised knowledge in Fertility.

In her spare time Kerry enjoys  Greek classes, she is also an avid Zumba fan and being a vegetarian of many years standing, she also enjoys working in her garden and growing her own organic vegetables.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Our Acupuncturist

 

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