Read This Special Report On How To Significantly Lower Your Handicap, Improve Golf Swing Basics, Hit Longer, Straighter Shots And Dramatically Improve Your Flexibility, Power And Balance!
Please allow me to ask you a quick question, first...
"How can you improve golf swing fundamentals if you are suffering back pain??"
Golfers like you have it hard enough, let alone attempting to play with back pain and sciatica. If you have back pain and can still play at all, it's obvious that lower back pain or sciatica will affect your game.
Today I would like to share just a few of the common causes of golf-related back pain along with some simple ways you can overcome the frustration and improve golf swing ability.
Please keep reading if you would like to: Significantly Lower Your Score, Improve Golf Swing Fundamentals, Hit Longer, Straighter Shots And Dramatically Improve Your Flexibility, Power And Balance!
Let's first address...
Is Your Golf Swing Causing Your Back Pain?
Playing golf involves several movements that can often make you feel pain. Bending over to pick up the ball... rotating your back to improve golf swing... the impact you feel when your club hits the ground.
"What, I'm the only one that miss-hits a ball every once in a while?"
Yes, the motion of swinging a club is a little unnatural and requires a bit of strength and flexibility. But that doesn't mean the movement itself is the actual cause of the pain you're feeling as you play...unless you golf almost daily or play professionally.
Then there's a chance the repetitive motions of playing golf which use the same muscles repeatedly are leading to your pain. More on that in a minute. Usually, for the average weekend golfer there's an underlying issue causing their pain. It just happens to flare up while playing, or an attempt to improve golf swing basics.
For most golfers, back pain is the result of some combination of muscle imbalances, a weak lower back and abs, and carrying around some extra weight. (And I don't mean the clubs in your bag.)
Most Common Cause of Back Pain for Golfers
Let's face it, not all of us golfers are fit like Tiger Woods. In fact, many of us more closely resemble the physique of John Daly.
Extra weight around your midsection tends to cause poor posture which forces your pelvis to tilt forward. This leads to the most common cause of back pain in golfers: muscle imbalances. Let me explain.
As your posture remains tilted forward, muscles in your lower back and the front of your upper thighs, particularly your quadriceps and hip flexors, become overly tight to compensate. Meanwhile, muscles in your abs, glutes (butt muscles), and hamstrings remain in a stretched state as they are pulled upon by the opposing tighter muscles and become continually weaker.
It's this unbalanced tug-of-war between opposing muscle groups, called muscle imbalances, that lead to most pain. Lower back pain... sudden back spasms... herniated discs... sciatica... upper back pain... neck pain... you name it, and chances are muscle imbalances played a significant role.
What if you're not overweight? Can muscle imbalances still be causing your back pain? Absolutely! Muscle imbalances are a fact of life since none of us use our muscles in a strictly neutral state throughout the entire day. And a forward tipped pelvis is only one of four major muscle imbalances associated with back pain.
Which brings up another very important point...
Generic Exercises Can Make Your Pain Worse!
Those generic exercises on golf sites, in golfer magazines, or even at your doctor's office that are supposed to help with back pain may not do you any good at all... and may even make your pain worse.
Here's the problem. If those generic exercises stretch your tight muscles and strengthen your weak ones they can help. But if they happen to strengthen muscles that are already overly tight and further stretch ones that are already weak you're only going to magnify the problem.
That's exactly why you and a golf buddy with back pain may perform the exact same exercises – but only one of you feels better afterwards.
The bottom line is you have to get to the real root cause of your pain if you want to get rid of it.
While muscle imbalances are the primary cause of most back pain, there are several underlying causes you should consider to get rid of your own pain and bring the power back into your drive and improve golf swing mechanics.
The 5 Main Causes of Back Pain
Here's a brief synopsis of the five main causes of back pain I’ve found as a Las Vegas massage therapist.
Muscle Imbalances - As we already discussed, muscle imbalances are the leading cause of back pain. Since there are four primary postural dysfunctions caused by muscle imbalances which lead to back pain, neck pain and sciatica you must identify which muscle imbalances have to be addressed to get lasting pain relief.
Trigger Points - Trigger points are second to none when underlying causes of pain throughout the entire body are investigated. Fully 75% of all pain has been discovered to be at least partially caused by trigger points, which are tiny knots in muscle fibers which tend to refer pain to distant locations in your body.
Spinal Compression - All day long, gravity compresses your spine. This constant pressure squeezes fluid out of the discs separating and cushioning each of your vertebrae. Golf is just one of many activities that cause additional downward force along your spine. While most of this fluid returns at night as you sleep, over time our discs become more and more compressed which is one reason many of us lose height as we age. It also leads to herniated or bulging discs with painful nerve pressure.
Emotional Stress - Believe it or not, emotional stress is a significant contributor to back pain. And constantly slicing the ball probably isn't going to help matters while you're playing golf either.
Poor Nutrition - Improving your diet is an excellent way to not only get in better shape, but also help relieve back pain. Your body needs good nutrition and adequate water (not beer, soft drinks, or something else) to heal itself from the daily grind, much less chronic back pain.
Clearly, each of these areas deserve a lot more attention if you want to get rid of your back pain, fully enjoy your next round of golf and improve golf swing technique.
Let me ask you a couple ofquestions while I have your attention...
"Would You Like To Lengthen Your Drive And Cut Your Handicap By 3-4 Strokes In Only Two Weeks?"
Is your golf swing providing you with the results you need to compete?
Are you throwing strokes away by topping, slicing or hooking the ball?
Are you investing time and money on lessons and can't understand why your game still hasn’t improved?
If you answered "YES!" to any of these questions, print this page and find a certified orthopedic massage therapist ASAP and TELL THEM TO ASSIST YOU!
Lower your handicap right now and good golfing!
Las Vegas Massage and Orthopedic Practitioner Kris Kelley