Every week in practice we see many patients whom complain of back problems related to golfing. Not altogether surprising as the rotational and bending movements and lifting of the golf equipment can typically overload the lower backs’ joints and muscles. What can you do about this? How can you continue your hobby pain-free? How can we help you?
In tennis, front and backhand strokes typically require a lot of rotation of the spine. The tennis serve motion cause overstretching of muscles and puts increased pressure on the joints in the lower back. This movement puts pressure not only the small joints in the spine and intervertebral discs, but also on the muscles, connective tissue and tendons surrounding the spine. During a tennis match, the back muscles must continuously contract to support the fast forward, sideways and start-and-stop movements.
Hockey is played in 132 countries and is the second most played sport following football. It is estimated that 15% of hockey players get injured each training season and as a result, players train and play below their capabilities 11% of the time. At MoveWell, you can work on a long-term solution.
Running represents a lifestyle. It gives you a natural high and help you relax. If you‘re a runner, you‘re probably aware of the issues involved, such as knee and heel pain, or hip problems. You may not realize that incorrect running technique can cause back pain, and if you already have a back problem, running can make it worse.
During cycling your back muscles are hardly supported.The cycling posture can strain the lower back as a result of bending the lumbar vertebrae and pulling on the handlebar. If the bicycle is equipped with aerodynamic handlebars, the body positioning requires a lot of neck extension. This can result in tight neck and shoulder muscles. Bumpy terrains increase the shock and compression on the spine, which can ultimately lead to back pain.
Swimming is an excellent form of low impact exercise that is good for the back and spine. Unlike many other sports, swimming hardly impacts the spine. The water supports the body weight and offloads the joints in the body. Hydrotherapy and light swimming may be part of the recommended therapy for people suffering with osteoarthritis, other types of joint pain or back pain.