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Core Stability

What is core stability?

Core stability describes the ability to control the position and movement of the central portion of the body.

Core stability training targets the muscles deep within the abdomen which connect to the spine, pelvis and shoulders, which assist in the maintenance of good posture and provide the foundation for all arm and leg movements.

Good core stability can help improve posture, prevent acute and chronic injuries and maximize running performance.

Which muscles provide core stability?

Power is derived from the trunk region of the body and a properly conditioned core helps to control that power, allowing for smoother, more efficient and better co-ordinated movement in the limbs.

There are lots of easy exercises that can be prescribed to the patient to help improve core stability, some using a pilates style approach and others using a fitball. For more information please contact us.

Golf Biomechanics

Improving the function and mechanics of the golfer can help to achieve lower handicaps and improve all round performance.
Golf is generally considered to be a skilful sport as opposed to an athletic sport. However, as in any sport golf places specific demands on the body. If the body is not functioning to its full capacity compensations can occur which in turn can lead to poor performance and injury.
For Example, 53% of male and 45% of female golfers suffer from low back pain with at least 30% of all players suffering from other musculoskeletal conditions.
in order to hit a golf ball consistently well a player needs to be able to rotate effectively. So, at the top of the back swing of a drive, the player should be able to:

If they are unable to achieve either of these requirements (due to restricted joints and tight muscles), as they progress through their backswing the player will come off their swing axis and use other parts of their body to compensate for their lack of rotation. This leads to an inconsistency in their swing and the risk of injury by overusing and overloading the joints in the wrists, elbows and shoulders.

Osteopathy and sports massage can help to maintain good postural alignment, improve core stability whilst helping to keep good joint mobility and decrease muscular tension.