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Why Golfers Need MOBILITY

Most golfers focus on hitting the gym to increase their strength, which can lead to increased speed, power and longer drives. However, if a golfer is lacking the mobility to go through a full golf swing, then being stronger won’t make a huge difference to your overall golf game. Golfers need to first work on being able to achieve the full range of motion required during the golf swing before worrying about getting strong.

What are the benefits of increased mobility?

Ankles – The ankles play a key role in your ability to get into the correct golf posture.  Poor ankle mobility (specifically dorsiflexion), leads to a faulty set up posture, swing pattern and loss of balance during the swing.

Hips – Having the ability to rotate fully through the hips (internally and externally) has been shown to produce a more effective swing, which produces more power and speed. Lack of hip rotation has also been strongly linked with lower back compensations and golf related lower back pain.

Shoulders – Mobility of the shoulders helps generate increased club head speed and  control. Lack of shoulder mobility will lead to shoulder, elbow and thoracic spine injuries. 

Thoracic Spine (upper back) – Mobility of the thoracic spine allows adequate rotation for the swing and increases club head speed. Decreased mobility in the thoracic spine leads to compensations with the lower back and an increase in lower back pain and injury.

Neck – During your backswing you will need a certain amount of neck rotation. If your neck mobility is restricted, you will have a faulty swing pattern with a limited backswing. 

If you want to know if you’re restricted in any particular body part, try doing the overhead squat test, which is a great way to look at shoulder, thoracic spine, hip and ankle mobility. Want more guidance? Get assessed at Sheddon Physiotherapy, where Jason Kobrick and Erin Shapcott have both completed their golf specific rehabilitation courses and can help answer any of your questions. 

Why GOLFERS Need to Lift Weights from Sheddon Physio Clinic Oakville

Why GOLFERS Need to Lift Weights!!

While Halton is covered in mounds of snow, not many people are thinking about the upcoming golf season. However, this is the perfect time of year to start tailoring your exercise program or to have any current injuries addressed in order to ensure that you hit the links stronger and pain free.

If you look at today’s top golfers, most, if not all, do some form of strength training. The golf swing involves powerful muscle contractions coming from multiple body parts. The key areas to focus on are the rotator cuff    and scapular stabilizers, the trunk and core musculature, and the glutes and hip extensors.

What are the benefits of lifting weights?

1. More strength equals more speed/force;

2. Reduces golf specific injuries by 30-50%;

3. Results in longer drives and distance on your iron shots;

4. May increase your accuracy and consistency;

5. Can increase your putting distance control

Strength gains generally take up to 8 weeks of consistent training before seeing any progress. Don’t wait until the snow melts and courses open. Get ready now and spend the warmer weather at the range and on the course working on your technique. Not sure where to start? Get assessed at Sheddon Physiotherapy, where Jason Kobrick and Erin Shapcott have both completed their golf specific rehabilitation courses and can help answer any of your questions.

Stay tuned for our next Blog discussing Golf and Mobility.

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Supporting Our Essential Service Workers

Free Initial Virtual Consultation for our Essential Service Workers.

We want to thank all of the dedicated essential workers that are keeping our community safe and making sure our needs are met.

We appreciate everything you do and want to support YOU!

We understand essential workers may be working longer hours than normal, leaving less time to care for themselves.  We want to help you stay healthy.

One small way to thank you is to offer a complimentary virtual visit in the comfort of your home.

Book a Complimentary Initial Virtual Session with one of our Physiotherapists or Chiropractors.


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Keeping you in the Loop

Keeping you in the loop:
We haven’t stopped thinking about you!

As everyone has been, we are trying to navigate these crazy times to the best of our abilities. We are all experiencing challenges and hope that you are healthy, safe and with family at this time.

Our team is choosing to take this time to find a way to help you maintain contact with us and let us know how you are doing and if you have any questions about your care. While Telehealth is new to many, it will allow us to connect with you and be able to assess things that were previously too difficult (like how to tailor a workout in your home).

Our therapists have been set up and using Telehealth since the start of Covid-19 in Halton. We are ready to serve our clients.

Government mandates have directed closure of businesses until April 7th. We have chosen to put safety first and remain closed until the 13th. This date is fluid, as you know, and we will only reopen our doors if we feel it is safe to resume in person treatments.

If you have an appointment scheduled for next week. You are being contacted by us to reschedule your in-person appointment to April 13th or later. During this conversation, we can discuss if your treatment  would be appropriate for virtual care, and if so, we will review how to proceed.

If you are in need of our services and are curious if virtual care is an option for you, please click on the link below to schedule a Free 10-minute Telehealth Discovery session with one of us.

We are STILL answering our phones and will return your call if we don’t immediately connect. We are OPEN to serve you on Telehealth and are looking forward to seeing you when we reopen our doors.

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In Case of Emergency

If you are in need of urgent care, please try to contact us via phone or email and we will work with you to help guide you on your next steps. We would like to keep the Urgent Care Clinics free to treat non-orthopaedic injuries. If we suspect that further investigation is necessary, we will direct you to go to the nearest Urgent Care Clinic. If this is life threatening, you should call 9-1-1.

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To ice, or not to ice?

We’ve all twisted an ankle and instinctively grabbed some ice to make it feel better. We never questioned whether it was working; it was just common sense that icing it was the best thing to do. Is it possible that all these years we’ve had it wrong? Lately, there has been a lot of coverage in the media surrounding the use of ice post-injury and whether or not it actually works. Some researchers, trainers, professional athletes and therapists are supporting the idea that you should toss out your ice packs and eat those frozen peas because they won’t help your injury and may actually be making it worse. What has lead to this new way of thinking and is it supported by research?

The Healing Process

Let’s start with the basics. Once a tissue is injured the body will respond by increasing blood flow to the area and sending specific cells to start the repair process. Unfortunately, this leads to inflammation, redness, pain and increased temperature at the injury site. For years, ice has been used during this stage of healing to limit swelling and reduce pain. The two fundamental effects of icing an acute injury are 1. vasoconstriction of blood vessels, which will decrease the blood flow to the area; hence limiting the amount of swelling, and 2. Ice will block and reduce pain by decreasing nerve impulses. We know physiologically what ice does, but practically, does the research evidence support these findings?

What does the research say?

Unfortunately, there is not a lot of high quality research surrounding this topic, which makes it hard to come to any conclusions. Maclean’s magazine recently published an article on why icing doesn’t help injuries. However, they only cited two research articles to support their claim along with anecdotal evidence. A study by Tseng et al., (2013) continually gets cited to support the “ice is bad” claim. The study was conducted on only 11 healthy subjects, which found icing delayed recovery from eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage. This isn’t a huge sample size to hang your hat on such a claim. They also cited Bleakley et al., (2004), who conducted a review of the literature and found insufficient evidence on the benefits of icing post-injury. More recently, Collins (2008) review of the literature showed that there was sufficient research to support that modest icing helped reduce swelling, but excessive and prolonged icing was damaging to the injured tissue. Furthermore, Hubbard et al., (2004) conducted a review of the literature and showed that icing soon after injury was effective in speeding up return to play. They hypothesized that the quicker return to play was due to better pain control.

Take home message

Ice is beneficial during the early phases of healing in order to control excessive inflammation and help with pain control. However, long term, it has been shown that prolonged use of ice can interfere with blood flow and the delivery of cells and oxygen needed to stimulate tissue formation and healing. Should you toss out your ice packs? Probably not. Ice is still beneficial for acute swelling and pain control, and at the very least, for keeping your beverage cold long-term!!

Bleakley et al., (2004). The use of ice in the treatment of acute soft tissue injury. A systematic review. The American Journal of Sports medicine. 251-261.

Collins, N.C. (2008).Is ice right? Does cryotherapy improve outcome for acute soft tissue injury? Emergency medicine Journal. 65-68.

Hubbard et al., (2004). Does cryotherapy hasten return to participation? A systematic review. Journal of Athletic Training. 39(1): 88-94.

Tseng et al., (2013). Topical cooling (icing) delays recovery from eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage. Journal of strength and conditioning research. 1354-1361.