Osteopathy works in harmony with the biomechanics of the body and the golf swing itself. Suzanne utilises techniques such as muscle energy, high velocity thrusts, stretching, deep tissue massage and joint articulation.
If you are struggling to strike the ball well, you may need an osteopathic assessment to get your body functioning at an optimal level.
Follow this up with a professional lesson or two and you WILL be surprised by the outcome. You need not be suffering pain to enjoy the benefits of osteopathy. Prevention is better than cure!
In Recreational Golfers, Injuries Usually Occur Because of:
1. Sporadic play with associated lack of fitness and poor motor control.
2. Poor swing control due to lack of coaching, stiffness, muscle weakness & poor balance.
3. Poor fitness leading to body fatigue by the end of a long walk up & down hills etc over an 18-hole course. This negatively affects fine motor control leading to swing inaccuracies causing impact injuries, overuse injuries, sprains and strains.
Through personally designed treatment plans, patients have enjoyed increase length to their drives and an improved short game. Less or no pain from previous injuries and more energy throughout the 18 holes, and consequently more enjoyment!
A Dynamic Approach to Golf Biomechanics through Osteopathy
The Neck (Cervical Spine)
This area is one of the most important for your golf game. Good stable mechanics for the golfer’s eye-to-ball connection is fundamental in allowing the whole body swing to work correctly.
The Mid Back (Thoracic Spine)
The middle of the back or thoracic spine can make or break the golf swing. A flexible and supple T-spine will allow for smooth swing mechanics, while restrictions will inevitably lead to poor performance and/or injury.
The ribs need to be able to expand, contract and rotate. This allows the diaphragm to move freely. Rotation can be restricted if the muscles between the ribs, (the intercostal muscles) are tight. You may have felt pain in your ribs after a day of hitting balls. This could be your intercostal muscles telling you they have worked too hard or are dysfunctioning.
The Low Back (Lumbar Spine)
Among professionals and amateur golfers, low back pain has been cited as the most common golf-related injury. It is estimated that 10-33% of all LPGA and PGA touring professionals are playing whilst injured at any given time and that half the group will develop chronic low back conditions.
In the modern swing, the golfer finishes in a lordotic ‘reversed C’ position. This reversed ‘C’ leads to hyper-extension of the lower back which adds increased stress on the spinal joints and para-spinal muscles of the lumbar spine.
Increased loads on the lumbar spine during the golf swing, together with the large forces generated by these muscles, predispose the golfer to muscular strains, spondylosis (degenerative spine conditions), and associated risk of herniated discs.
The Initial Consultation and Assessment is Complimentary with no Obligation to Proceed to Treatment
Book a complimentary assessment today. See whether an osteopathic treatment can improve your game!
Suzanne can, if appropriate, liase directly with your golf professional in order to specify work with your biomechanics. This frequently assists with elevating your game to its optimum.
Link to Mark Dulson Golf Professional at The Ace Golf Academy www.acegolfacademy.co.uk