Neuromuscular control (the way that our brain and nervous system coordinate the timing and activity of our muscles) has been an area of considerable research in recent years, particularly when investigating lower back pain. Interestingly, some of this research has found that golfers with lower back pain activate their external oblique muscles in a different pattern than those players without pain. Among the various affects this will have on the player in pain, research has found that it will place an increased demand on the external obliques over the course of a round of golf.
Chiropractic treatment consisting of active release technique and adjustments can be helpful in this situation to re-establish normal biomechanics of the lumbar spine and allow the appropriate muscles to help out with the workload. Consulting with a suitable teaching professional can also be helpful in identifying altered movement patterns and correcting the problem. In the meantime, it may be advisable to improve the endurance in your external obliques to help cope with the added demand placed upon them.
Below are a few exercises that are helpful in strengthening the external obliques. This can be helpful for the golfer with lower back pain and a deficiency in this muscle. Keep in mind that they are dynamic exercises which are not suitable for everyone as they require movement in the spinal joints. If you have a history of lower back pain we strongly recommend that you consult with a knowledgeable doctor who can assist you in choosing a suitable strategy for your condition. For more information about our physiotherapists and our chiropractors, please explore our site and call us if you would like to schedule an appointment. 905.220.7858 firstname.lastname@example.org
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