Updated: Jan 15, 2021
Do you suffer from back pain or shoulder pain? Do you walk off the 18th hole feeling exhausted? Are you relaying on ibuprofen to reduce pain? If you answered yes to any of these questions, STOP! You don't have to live in pain. As an example, if you suffer from lower back pain, your pain is often not a lower back problem, but instead a thoracic spine or hip issue. A golfer who lacks mobility in their hips and thoracic spine will always have difficulty maintaining functional stability in their lumbar spine. You can improve your body and reduce pain. I know what your thinking..."I'm fragile" or "well at my age". I have heard it all. Stop concentrating on the symptom and lets focus on improving the situation which led to the cause.
When you have an injured area you have two choices. We can gradually train the area and surrounding areas to improve function, mobility, and strength or you can avoid the area, leading to a weaker and more de-conditioned body and less function. What is better for your golf game and long-term outcome?