Back" afflicts nearly 2/3 of all golfers under the age of 50 and
this ratio greatly increases in golfers over the age of 50. The most
common area affected is the lower back. These problems are created by
biomechanical troubles. That is imbalances in the hips, pelvis,
and feet, which affect us in our movements and walking. These imbalances
become more pronounced in a golfer as golf is a one-sided sport.
These problems can be recognized through muscle testing and other methods,
but the easiest way to evaluate is combining this with an evaluation
of the golfer's game, as Get Fit to Golf does. These imbalances
will cause the golfer's swing to be off and will create problems such
the ball, slicing
the ball, as well as reduce the power and speed of the swing.
attacking the underlying causes, we can not only prevent and fix
back problems, we can actually improve your game!!! First
let's discuss this paradigm and get a better understanding of the underlying
with this example, find an object which ways approximately 10kg. Lift
this object keeping it close to your body, (not too difficult is it?).
Now extend your arm in front of you with the object still in your hand.
You will find it becomes almost impossible to do. See Figures 1 and
amount of force becomes nearly 5 times the weight of the object at the
shoulder joint. Now imagine this occurring in your body while playing
golf. This is what happens when you have a skeletal misalignment causing
an imbalance increasing these kinds of stresses on your hips, knees,
feet, and back. Let's now change that 10kg object to something you can
relate to, such as your head. If you have forward head posture, such
as seen in Figure 2, you can easily see how you can increase
the stress in the upper back and shoulders. (This will lead to weakness
in the shoulders and arms, but we will explain more of this later).
imagine your imbalance hips causing an increase of weight on one side
of your body as compared to the other side, (a very common problem).
This is similar to having a misalignment in the front end of your car,
the increased stresses will wear the ball joints and tires out very
quickly. Well, the same happens to the spinal, knee, and other joints
in your body with pelvic
discussion addresses the first part of the Golfer's Back Paradigm, part
two addresses the musculature of the spine and related joints. The muscles
help to hold the skeleton together and really function like giant rubber
bands. However, when we have biomechanical
structural problems, these rubber bands will become lengthened on one
side and shortened on the other, as seen in the diagram to the right
where the muscles have been simplified to represent rubber bands. The
change in the soft tissues will lead to weaknesses occurring in muscles
which will then affect your golf game, (i.e. slice, hook, decreased
drive distance, etc.), that will eventually show up as back pain in
the big question. HOW DO WE FIX THESE PROBLEMS? Get Fit To Golf
gives you a series of simple assessments to be filled out online, which
will allow us to analyse all the information about your golf game and
any structural problems you may have. The assessment process includes
muscle testing which will allow us to develop a program to correct your
structure and improve your golf game. You will received your own personalised
ChiroFit™ fitness program catering to your individual needs.
become a member and try the ChiroFit program to help improve