Preparing for the Links

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Grand Cayman Golf

Grand Cayman Golf (Photo credit: Fevi Yu)

The sun is out in the Greater Seattle Area.  To me, that means time outside; swimming, barbeques, softball, and golf.  For many of us, we haven’t swung a club in 9 months, but the sun will bring us to a golf course.  We want to be careful not to get injured our first time out.  There are many planes of movement the body goes through in order to play golf.To begin the season, it is good idea to head to the driving range and practice your stroke.  The movements involved in the swing of a golf club include rotation of the torso and the transfer of weight to the front foot.  Both of these require good flexibility and balance.  In order to increase your ability in both of these areas, it is important to strengthen the core and the hips.  Here are some good exercises to help you strengthen both.

Clamshells

Trunk Rotation on Floor

Trunk Rotation on Ball

Planks

Hopefully mastering these exercises will help you stay healthy for the golf season.  Physical Therapy can be used for preventative measures as well.  We at Advantage Physical Therapy in Redmond, WA and Mercer Island, WA have an expert staff that can help you with an exercise program to get you on the golf course before the season begins, or after an injury arises.  Please give us a call to schedule an appointment. 425-883-9630 (Redmond, WA), 425-883-9631 (Mercer Island, WA)

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The Importance of Good Posture

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Advantage Physical Therapy has two clinics; Mercer Island, WA and Redmond, WA.  Also in these communities are Amazon, Google, Microsoft, AT&T, and T-Mobile.  In this area, a lot of people work in the tech industry and are therefore sitting at a computer for most of the day.  Add to this today’s instant news cycle and we can expect a lot of problems.  Almost everyone I know has a cell phone, tablets are becoming more common, and a majority of people communicate with email at work.

This means a lot of people spend a lot of time with poor posture staring at misaligned screens that might be too small for what they are doing.  They may be squinting to read small writing on the latest iPhone or Android device.  All of this can result in postural deficits.  Anyone with a posture issue may have some of the following issues:

  • Low Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Temporomandibular Dysfunction (Jaw)
  • Tension Headaches
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Illiotibial Band Syndrome
  • Piriformis Syndrome

    POSITION OF SKELETON IN GOOD AND POOR POSTURE ...

    POSITION OF SKELETON IN GOOD AND POOR POSTURE - NARA - 515194 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With the rising use of mobile devices and computers, it is important to maintain good posture.  As a species, we are not meant to be hunched over a desk.  Follow these tips to help maintain your posture and prevent posture related injuries.

  • Take a break:  Get up from your desk at least one time every hour, even if it is just to get up and get some water.
  • Position your monitor:  The top of your computer monitor should be at eye level when you are sitting up straight.
  • Lumbar support:  Prevent decreased lumbar curvature by adding support in your chair for your low back.
  • Standing work stations:  By standing, we can alleviate some pressure on the spine and increase our posture

It is good to know that your physical therapist can correct most of these problems with some manual therapy, stability and strengthening regimens, and an ergonomic evaluation.