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Low back pain is the most common injury that golfers sustain. The golf swing creates significant compression, shearing, rotation and side-bending forces in the spine and this is repeated many times during a round of golf.
Golf is a very popular sport. and there is no shortage of golf courses across New York State and Long Island. The skills needed for golf parallel the benefits of Pilates and Physical Therapy and this blog explains how.
Technological advances in diagnostic imaging (Xrays, CT scans, MRI’s) are incredible. However, our ability to see inside the body is greater than our ability to interpret what that information means to our pain. An
In Rotator Cuff Part 1, we discussed that the ball of the shoulder joint sits in a rather shallow socket so arm motions require very coordinated control of several muscles around the shoulder blade and shoulder joint. While it is important to address the specific tightness with stretches or specific weakness with strength exercises as discussed in Rotator Cuff Part 4, a very important part of the physical rehabilitation is gaining back the coordinated control and timing of these muscles.
The blog, Rotator Cuff Part 3 discussed the physical therapy treatment for rotator cuff tendinopathy and degenerative rotator cuff tears. This blog will detail some of the common exercises for rotator cuff tendinopathy and degenerative tears and their purpose.
The blog, Rotator Cuff Part 1 detailed some of the factors that contribute to rotator cuff tendinopathy and Rotator Cuff Part 2 discussed a research study that concluded that physical therapy should be the primary treatment for degenerative rotator cuff tears, not surgery. The physical therapy treatment for both conditions is similar.
This last article in the series focuses on the role of the gluteal muscles in proper movement, their relationship to chronic low back pain and Pilates’ strategies to improve proper neuromuscular control of the glutes.
Pilates and Chronic Low Back Pain Part II and III discussed exercises that teach us how to dissociate movement of the spine from movement of the arms/legs: ie keep the spine “stable” while moving the arms and legs.
Pilates and Chronic Low Back Pain Part II discussed the initial Pilates and Physical Therapy exercise approach to chronic low back pain – these exercises teach you submaximal activation of the deepest core muscles that stabilize your back and teach you how to separate or dissociate movement of your extremities from movement of your spine.
Our spine is very complex – comprised of 31 vertebrae stacked on top of each other in our natural spinal curves. Our spine has to be “stable” and “mobile” at the same time. We have 2 “systems” of muscles that contribute to the stability of our spine.