If you are a Golfer whose swing is not improving – or is not as good as it used to be, you may find the culprit is in part of your shoulder, your Rotator Cuff. Read on, to find out more about how this could be adding extra strokes to your Golf handicap!
The Rotator Cuff is the name for the group of muscles attaching the Scapula to the Humerus. These muscles all have different but related functions:
- The Subscapularis rotates the shoulder in and the Infraspinatus rotates the shoulder out.
- The Infraspinatus andTeres Minor work together.
- The Supraspinatus lifts the arm up sideways.
- These muscles are also involved when lowering the arm and reaching back.
If you are a left-handed golfer, the reverse of the information provided below for right-handed golfers will apply to you!
The Backswing and Forward Swing
Backswing problems are common in those who have a weakness or problem with the Subscapularis, the Infraspinatus or the Teres Minor.
The Supraspinatus is responsible for lifting the arm as you begin the stroke. Any pain or inflammation here or in any of the other shoulder structures, will make your backswing less effective.
Weakness affecting either or both of the Teres Minor and Infraspinatus will result in problems with the outward rotation of the right shoulder and any problem with the Subscapularis may affect your range of rotational movement.
Any dysfunction or weakness of these muscles in the left shoulder can affect the ability to rotate the shoulder inwards.
The Rotator Cuff actions described above are reversed during the forward swing.
The Follow Through
Similar movement patterns are involved during ‘follow through’ with the right shoulder inwardly rotated by the Subscapularis and the left shoulder externally rotated by both Infraspinatus and Teres Minor. Any weakness or shortening in either group of muscles will distort the swing.
A fully functional Rotator Cuff is vital in halting the swing correctly. If it does not, many micro-injuries can occur over time, eventually leading to a major problem or, a larger injury could occur, causing shoulder damage.
What Causes Rotator Cuff Injuries?
These are the most common causes of Rotator Cuff injuries for golfers:
- Degenerative conditions, particularly in the Supraspinatus region of the shoulder
- Accidental damage caused by a sudden jarring (hitting a stone, or tree root, for example).
- Poor golfing technique
- Poor neuro-muscular tone
Innovative Treatment For Rotator Cuff Injuries At SpineScan
Adam Rocchi, a Chiropractor at SpineScan in Perth uses Trigenics for many of his patients, including those with Rotator Cuff injuries. Trigenics is a high-tech method that helps him to evaluate and treat patients using reflexes of the spinal cord and brain to enable the strengthening and lengthening of affected muscles.
Because most Golfers are unaware that they might be able to improve their golfing performance and reduce their risk of injury by addressing an existing neuro-muscular problem, it is well work calling SpineScan today, on (08) 61508785 Scarborough or (08) 61508783 Mount Pleasant and getting checked out, even if you are not presently suffering from a shoulder injury.
Dr Rocchi says that treatment can provide the breakthrough in results that has previously eluded some of his patients – who have correct technique, but who fail to progress, because of correctible neuro-muscular problems.