Mobility Dysfunction is something that must be considered for anyone who plays golf. Most golfers of any age are going to encounter minor to severe mobility restrictions. Mobility must be addressed before trying to strengthen any dysfunctional movement pattern.
1. Joint Mobility Dysfunctions: Arthritic Conditions, Joint Capsule Problems, Joint Subluxation, and Joint Fusions.
2. Soft Tissue Extensibility Dysfunction (Shortened Fibrotic Muscles): Muscle Flexibility Problem, Nerve Tension Problems, Fascia Restrictions, Trigger Points, Scars.
For example, if you are trying to exercise and do a loaded deep squat and if you have an ankle dorsiflexion mobility problem, tight calves or unable to extended your foot/toes upwards towards your knee, this restriction is about to cause trouble. Most people in this situation will compensate during the squat and end up hurting their knee, hip or lower back and then compromise other muscles in the golf swing.
Due to the repetitive motion in golf, your hamstrings, back muscles, hip flexors, shoulders, and other golf-specific muscles will feel sore from over use or general stiffness. In these instances it is a good idea to consider getting some type of bodywork and doing other exercise.
The most effective type of soft tissue bodywork would be Active Release Technique®, which actually breaks down the fibrotic tissue and restores range of motion faster. You may also want to consider some form of deep tissue massage therapy along with some basic stretching and cardio-vascular exercise, which will enhance your flexibility and movement patterns.
Any of these options will flush out toxins and lactic acid that build up in your muscles while playing golf. When not released, these by-products stick around in your body and cause you to ache.
Just as you take the time to have your car tuned up and maintained it is important to do the same for your body. With a little effort put into this you will see big results. Not only will you feel much better during the day you will also be happy to see improvements in your golf game.
Article by, Sidney Silver: TPI Golf Medical & Golf Fitness expert. www.SilverSportsTherapy.com (415) 932-6775