Are you one of the 31 million Americans suffering from low back pain?
Whether chronic or acute, back pain can really slow you down. In severe cases, it can even prevent you from engaging in your work or hobbies.
While back pain is detrimental to anyone affected, it’s especially debilitating for golfers. At best, it can affect your swing. At worst, it can force you off the fairways and onto your couch.
But don’t worry. There’s also good news about back pain and golf.
In this post, we’ll explore the causes of back pain and the link between back pain and golf. We’ll also show you a safe, all-natural way to prevent back pain while you play.
Read on to learn more.
What Causes Back Pain?
Low back pain is defined as any pain that occurs between the bottom of the ribcage and the top of the legs. This pain can be sharp or dull, constant or intermittent. It can affect one small area or cover a broad part of your back.
In addition, those who suffer from back pain sometimes also report:
- Muscle spasms
- Sciatic nerve pain (sciatica)
- Pain, numbness, or tingling in the legs
- Inability to sit, stand, or lie down for long periods of time
- Limited range of motion
The definition of back pain is broad because it can be caused by so many different things. Back pain is often caused by bending, twisting, or lifting something the wrong way. Aging, arthritis, and herniated discs may also be a factor.
In the majority of cases, though, back pain is the result of overuse, injury, or strain. This is one reason it’s such a common affliction for golfers.
What’s the Link Between Back Pain and Golf?
Like other sports, playing golf can result in injuries to the low back or spine. Golf is especially likely to strain your back because of the torsional force on the spine exerted when you swing.
What exactly happens to your back during your swing? The force of swinging places a lot of stress on the six vertebrae from L-1 to S-1, increasing the lower you go. These joints allow for considerable rotation, which you need for an effective swing–as long as you don’t rotate too far.
Like other repetitive strain injuries, the more you swing, the more wear-and-tear it places on your lower back. That’s why it’s so crucial to stretch before you play and learn how to properly swing.
Swinging isn’t the only link between back pain and golf. Bending over to pick up your golf ball after a 30-foot putt, can stress your low back and result in pain and muscle strain. Carrying your bag, a great way to get exercise, can be a big factor, but can be lessened by switching shoulders every now and then.
Back Pain Solutions for Golfers
So, now that we’ve established the link between back pain and golf, what’s the solution?
Golfers around the world are experiencing the benefits of Back-A-Line’s magnetic back support belt. This innovative belt addresses two key factors:
- It improves your spinal angle, which results in better swing mechanics, a more repeatable swing, and better protection for your back.
- It reduces long-term back pain that comes from years of playing golf, enabling you to continue playing into the future.
Golfers who regularly use Back-A-Line’s belt report major improvements in both their back pain and golf game.
As you set up your swing, the feel of the belt automatically puts your spine in the proper position. The belt helps you maintain this correct posture through the entire swing. Not only does this improve your swing, but it also protects your back while doing so.
What makes Back-A-Line so effective? The secret lies in the patented BMMI therapeutic magnets.
John K. Abendroth is a former PGA-Tour Player, PGA member and co-host of Hooked on Golf. Here are his comments on Back-A-Line’s therapeutic magnet support belt.
“For the swing, I have found three benefits. One, with a feel of the belt in the set-up for the golf swing, you can feel the proper posture while wearing the belt, a benefit that lasts through the entire swing. Two, while playing golf, it will offer relief from pain such as riding in a golf cart with bumpy paths or packing your own bag. Three, when I do things outside of the golf course, whether during a long drive to get to a round of golf or working around the house, I wear the Back-A-Line belt for better support and proper posture for my back. In fact, a leading PGA golf professional asked me recently if it was conforming to the rules of golf to wear the belt while playing golf. Of course, it is and if you have back issues, it is worth a try. Now, with the addition of therapeutic magnets, with a patent on the most effective magnet design and the only medical magnet company with sound, scientific proof of the effectiveness of its products, you get the benefit of that pain-relief technology, while you’re improving your swing mechanics at the same time.”
Final Thoughts on Back Pain and Golf
Whether your back pain is chronic or acute, it doesn’t have to stop you from doing the things you love.
Rather than turning to addictive painkillers or invasive surgery, why not treat your back pain the safe, all-natural way?
We offer three compelling reasons to give Back-A-Line a try:
- Improved posture and swing
- Better protection for your back while you play
- Reduced overall back pain, ensuring you’re always ready for your next round
Here at Back-A-Line, we’re the back pain experts. We invite you to browse our collection of support products designed to reduce your pain and keep you mobile.
Not sure which product is best for you? Contact us with any questions or concerns.