* Thoracic Spine (T-Spine)
Both anatomical and behavioural factors contribute to limited mobility of the thoracic spine. By leaning how to move the thoracic spine in isolation, you can help improve thoracic mobility, posture and improve your Golf performances.
The thoracic spine is a very important section of our spine, the vertebrae are designed to protect our vital organs, in addition to allowing us to breath and provides an immense platform for muscle attachment sites. It also protects the nerves which supply our trunk/core muscles and deep organs of the body.
Let’s take a look at how and why golfers need to improve on T-spine mobility. (Watch the video below)
Most golfers realize that a bigger shoulder turn, both in the backswing and follow through, should translate into more distance on their drives.
A key to longer drives is making a bigger, more powerful rotation with your torso, first away from the target and then toward the target. To do that, you need to learn where that rotation should come from – the thoracic spine (the T-spine). The T-spine is made up of 12 vertebrae in the middle of your back.
While a golfer should produce sufficient rotation through the thoracic spine, it is also important that the hips provide rotation during the golf swing. Note that I said “hips” here and not pelvis! The pelvis itself cannot rotate, as it is not a joint. Beware of compensatory movements that contribute to this rotation though. Also many studies have found that golfers with decreased hip rotation were more likely to complain of lower back pain. I have previously discussed how sitting at a desk for prolonged periods can lead to poor posture and limited thoracic rotation. If the T-spine can’t rotate enough, the lower back will often rotate to compensate for this lack of mobility.
When swinging the golf club, we must remember that we are not simply rotating. We are also flexing, extending and side bending throughout the swing. As a result, too much lumbar rotation, extension and lateral flexion (side bend) when in posture at the top of the backswing and especially through the high-force phase of the downswing and eventual follow through can increase the incidence of lower back pain and risk of injury. As a result, good range of motion in the thoracic spine and hips can help reduce the amount of compensatory movements in the swing.
Increased risk of injury to other areas
As thoracic curvature increases, there are usually accompanying anatomical consequences.(Shoulders, neck, lower back, hips & respiratory issues)
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