Here is a golfers guide to back pain, as golfers create a lot of torque with their golf swing and this puts a lot of pressure on your back and over time your back starts to wear and tear and it is harder and harder to remain pain free.
A back injury often results from excessive stress placed on the spine, usually when the body does not perform the correct sequence during the golf swing. Did you know that eight times your body weight is forced through your spine as you make contact with the ball. So if you have poor mechanics combined with a weak back you are more likely to cause yourself a significant amount of injury.
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The 5 Main Causes of Back Pain
Here's a brief synopsis of the five main causes of back pain, make sure you get my free 7 Day Back Pain Cure eBook that will explain in more detail.
1. Muscle Imbalances
As we already discussed, muscle imbalances are the leading cause of back pain. Since there are four primary postural dysfunctions caused by muscle imbalances which lead to back pain, neck pain and sciatica you must identify which muscle imbalances have to be addressed to get lasting pain relief.
2. Trigger Points
Trigger points are second to none when underlying causes of pain throughout the entire body are investigated. Fully 75% of all pain has been discovered to be at least partially caused by trigger points, which are tiny knots in muscle fibers which tend to refer pain to distant locations in your body.
3. Spinal Compression
All day long, gravity compresses your spine. This constant pressure squeezes fluid out of the discs separating and cushioning each of your vertebrae. Golf is just one of many activities that cause additional downward force along your spine. While most of this fluid returns at night as you sleep, over time our discs become more and more compressed which is one reason many of us lose height as we age. It also leads to herniated or bulging discs with painful nerve pressure.
4. Emotional Stress
Believe it or not, emotional stress is a significant contributor to back pain. And constantly slicing the ball probably isn't going to help matters while you're playing golf either.
5. Poor Nutrition
Improving your diet is an excellent way to not only get in better shape, but also help relieve back pain. Your body needs good nutrition and adequate water (not beer, soft drinks, or something else) to heal itself from the daily grind, much less chronic back pain.