Improve your Game with Osteopathy
Suzanne Stanley-Smith DO BSc (Hons) Ost
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 hit 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 always better than cure!
The Role of the Osteopath is not only to assist your body to deal with injuries & pain, but also to encourage a healthy physiological motion in the body, thereby allowing you to achieve the perfect swing.
The Role of the Golf Professional is to coach you towards an ideal swing. The techniques taught to you will minimise strain on your body and maximise the potential of your game.
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 thereby causing impact injuries, overuse injuries, sprains & strains.
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 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, and that half that group will develop chronic low back conditions. In the modern swing, the golfer finishes in a lordotic ‘reversed C’ position. This leads to hyper-extension of the lower back, adding stress to the spinal joints and muscles.
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