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Avoid Lower Back Pain And Hit The Ball Further This Golf Season


If you’ve NEVER played a round of golf, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there’s not much to it, and that there’s very little chance of you being injured if all you’re doing is a bit of walking and hitting a few balls every once in a while.

But that’s not the case.

Golfers are one the most frequent sports people who visit my clinic.

And if it’s not an arm/wrist issue, it’s usually a lower back problem.

See, the problem with golf 
is that it involves a lot of positions that the body isn’t designed to be in – and the temptation (of frustrated golfers who haven’t taken lessons at least), is to want to hit the ball with too much power to make it go further.

And when you do that, combined with these awkward twisting and turning positions, you eventually stress the body too much.

Your back is designed to have some rotation in it – but just enough to allow you to lean to the side to pick something up or move out of the way of an object coming towards you, to keep yourself safe.

But NOT to go through the extremes of motion that is when you’re “teeing off”.

So assuming that you’re not going to stop playing – and assuming that you’ll never quite resist the urge to always want to hit the ball just that little bit harder hoping it travels further... 

What can you do about it to avoid back pain?

Increase the strength and control of the muscles around your spine. You don’t need to bulk up, you really don’t have to worry about the strength of muscles, as much as you do the “control” – not if you want to limit back pain!

And besides, having the “control” usually means that other muscles get stronger as a happy by product.

So, the muscles you need to focus on are called your “core” muscle group – and they work to hold your spine in place when you get into positions that you’re not really supposed to be in – like when you swing a golf club!

So, if these muscles are all working for you, properly, it means the discs and joints in your lower spine are being held firm in their correct positions – even if you swing a bit to hard and fast.

And doing so will also give you a chance of hitting the ball further without hitting it harder.

Why? Because your core muscle group means that all of your other muscles will work more efficiently and will help no matter what sport you play.

If you’re a runner, core muscles will mean you can run further too. If you were a boxer, having the muscles around your spine working better means you would be able to hit harder.

And they even focus on it in soccer and football – from an early age too – so that players can limit the chance of being injured, but maximize the power they can get from their quads and hamstrings meaning they can run faster.

So there you go – it’s not all about looking as fit and lean as the top pro golfers, the muscles you really need to work on if you’re aged 40-50+ playing some weekend golf are the muscles that you’ll never see.

But you’ll know they’re working because you’ll be suffering much less from back pain by the time you reach the 18th hole.

These muscles even help you when you “sit down” too – which is great, if the 19th hole is the one you like to get stuck on with your friends!

If you are interested in learning how we can help you hit the ball further...

At Functional Advantage we offer free physical therapy consultations, where you can speak to a physical therapist, ask any questions that you have, and find out what’s stopping you from playing pain-free golf as often as you’d like.

We can also help you understand how to strengthen your posture and core which will increase your golf performance (and help reduce that handicap!)

Arrange your free physical therapy consultation on our website, or if you prefer to talk over the phone, you can call us at 989-573-8588.


Neil Sauer

Neil Sauer

Physical Therapist, Certified Health Coach and company owner Neil Sauer graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science. During that time he played four years of collegiate soccer. Neil earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Central Michigan University in 2006. He has taken continuing education courses for Stanley Paris manual therapy techniques and a Gary Gray Functional Training course. He has also taken selective functional movement assessment courses with the North American Sports Medical Institute (NASMI). Neil’s treatment philosophy goes beyond reducing pain and restoring motion/mobility. He has a passion for health and wellness and for improving the quality of life of his clients, and works holistically with them to ensure their injuries do not reoccur and that his clients enjoy optimal functionality. He strives to help his patients live more active, mobile and healthy lives knowing that they don’t have to rely on pain medications, injections or surgery. In his personal life, he is married and has two sons. During spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, spending time outdoors and leading an active and healthy life. Neil also likes to read as much as possible when he finds/makes time. He primarily reads books on leadership, business and special forces. An avid exercise enthusiast, he continually works to improve his own health and wellness.
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