Back Pain and It’s Effects
BACK PAIN accounts for approximately 264 million lost workdays in the U.S. a year, and it’s estimated that around 80% of our population will experience some form of Back Pain during some time of their lives.
In my experience, I can say that the overwhelming majority of people that come to see me for my
GOLF INSTRUCTION. FLEXIBILITY and POSTURE PROGRAMS at Omni La Costa Resort are people who’re suffering from Back Pain which is directly affecting – not only their golf games, But their Health & Well Being. As an avid golf, lover of people and the game it is so sad how many people are suffering from BACK PAIN and can’t play golf anymore. These people will do just about anything to BACK INTO THE SWING of things! This was a huge driving factor in the production of The Posture System®. The programs give virtually anyone, anywhere access to the necessary knowledge and exercises to help improve their posture, which in turn can help with back pain.
What is causing all the pain?
I’ve been asked hundreds of times “Is my golf swing causing my Back Problems?’ and my answer is ‘The Human Body is one of the most remarkable and durable ‘Machines’ ever devised and has been around for Thousands (maybe Millions?) of years. I believe that it can certainly withstand swinging a 40 ounce golf club!’
HOWEVER, the rotation and twisting that occurs in the golf swing – especially in the Lumbar Spine (the lower portion of our spine), does place a lot of torqueing and twisting on the Lumbar Spine. Because the Spine is connected to the Pelvis, it only makes sense that if a person has Tight and Inflexible Hips, that the turning and twisting motion will place more stress upon it = Pain. So, my deduction is; if a person has flexible hips – (or as we say, a Floating Pelvis), their bodies will be able to withstand the forces that the golf swing places upon the spine (and other joints). BUT, if a person has tight and inflexible hips, then—YES, the golf swing can cause pain to the Back!
THE QUESTION IS: WHY ARE WE SEEING SO MUCH BACK PAIN TODAY – ON AND OFF THE COURSE?
I think the answer is simply – WE SIT DOWN TOO MUCH
If long periods of sitting down can be harmful because when we sit down, the powerful Hip Flexors (the muscles that Connect the Lower and Upper Torsos, are in a state of contraction– which by ‘overusing and over time’, cause the muscles to lose their ‘LENGTH TENSION RELATIONSHIP – (which means that they get tight and shorten). Once this happens, it alters the position of the Pelvis which again, is connected to the spine. Once the Pelvis and Spine are out of sync with each other – WE HAVE FRICTION – AND WHEN A PERSON PERFORMS THE TWISTING AND TURNING MOTION OF THE SPINE IN THE GOLF SWING – MORE FRICTION OCCURS! — Hence BACK PAIN!
ALTHOUGH SURGERIES HAVE COME A LONG WAY, APPROXIMATELY 30% OF ALL BACK SURGERIES ARE RE-DO’S!
The Static Back Press: A Simple Pose to Relax the Hips
After over 30 years of working on my body and Legions of others , I’ve found that THE BEST WAY to regain the mobility in the Hips and Lower Back, is to start by RELAXING THE HIP MUSCLES -FIRST; then embarking on a whole body Flexibility Program to achieve Range of Motion throughout ALL of the muscle chains in the body.
REMEMBER – ALL THAT A FLEXIBLE MUSCLE IS – IS A RELAXED MUSCLE…NOTHING MORE NOTHING LESS, AND, A RELAXED MUSCLE IS ONE THAT GETS OXYGEN AND BLOOD CIRCULATING TO IT.
A Super Simple way to Relax the Hips and Back s by doing a STATIC BACK PRESS With KNEE PILLOW SQUEEZES (as shown in the photos above).
- Simply lie on the floor with your knees and lower legs on ottoman, chair, side of bed, Foam Block, etc.
- Make sure that your thighs are approximately 90 degrees to the floor.
- If your head can’t rest on the floor comfortably, place an alignment foam cushion or rolled up towel on the back of your neck and head.
- Put a yoga block, rolled up towel or an alignment cushion between your knees
- Squeeze the cushion IN for about 1-2 seconds, then RELEASE
- Perform the knee pillow squeezes anywhere from 1 x 20 to up to 3 x 20.
If you’re not in the mood for the squeezes, just lie in the static back position for around 5-10 minutes.
Why Posture Matters for Relieving Back Pain
Being in Proper alignment is HUGE in living a Pain Free Life because a body that’s aligned helps take the friction off of the joints of the body.
This entire approach is why I developed THE POSTURE SYSTEM, which is designed to help you discover what Posture Type you are, then give you a protocol designed to restore your body back into Proper Posture; followed by a maintenance Flexibility Program…THEN, a CORE STRENGTHENING PROGRAM and some Cardiovascular.