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Golf Rehabilitation Benefits

Golf is the most common summer activity that our patients do. It allows people to have social interactions while competing with friends, family, and colleagues. As with any sport, there are always opportunities for injury and improvement. Physical therapy can not only relieve pain from golfing, but also improve strength and mobility allowing players to hit the ball farther.


More than 30 percent of golfers have experienced issues related to low-back pain or injury that have affected their ability to continue enjoying the game of golf.

You might assume low-back pain is related to the way a golfer is swinging the club but there can be additional factors involved.

Decreased flexibility and strength, which happens naturally as we get older, can be contributing factors. Golfers who are less active or do not exercise regularly can be susceptible to injury.


The less flexibility in your body’s trunk, the more overall pressure your spine faces. As you swing a golf club, you could have several muscle groups in your back working all at once to stabilize your spine. All that movement and work can lead to compressive forces that put a lot of pressure on your spine, potentially worsening an existing condition or injury.


Physical therapy can provide a significant boost to your body and get you feeling better on and off the golf course.  We can perform a screening to determine whether you are at increased risk of injury. We can then design a tailored exercise program geared toward preventing injury. Not only can we decrease your likelihood of experiencing low-back pain or other injuries, we also can increase your flexibility.

Increased flexibility in the hips, trunk and shoulders allows golfers to achieve more rotation during their backswing. Better flexibility allows for a more uniform, fluid forward swing, which allows more force throughout the acceleration phase. You can reap the benefits of a longer drive and more accurate swing.

Whether you golf once or twice a year or you golf every week in a league, if you’re experiencing discomfort, or want to see if increasing your flexibility could improve your golf game...

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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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