Why Your Neck Pain Isn’t a Neck Problem
Do you have a crick in your neck? Can’t check your blindspot while driving to the course? Feel like your backswing is shorter than you want because of a tight neck?
We see these issues all the time at Par4Success, and while so many people struggle with these problems, it is sad to see that these nagging pains are all too often easily fixed with the right movements. Even more frequently, people come to us after months of diligent stretching, ice, heat, and even physical therapy for their neck pain and they’re getting worse despite their best efforts.
If the issues described above sound like what you’re going through, we’re here to tell you that it’s not your fault! There’s a lot of misinformation out there, especially when it comes to golf performance. That’s where we come in!
95% of our clientele are golfers just like yourself, struggling with pain, loss of distance, or worse yet, both. We’ve worked with thousands of golfers of all ages to hit the ball further and get out of pain.
Here are a few of the common reasons we see neck pain linger for far longer than it should, and a couple suggestions to at least get you started on the road to recovery. A quick note – these suggestions are NOT a substitute for a hands-on evaluation by a licensed physical therapist! With these moves, if you don’t feel significant relief in about 10 days (think less pain and more range of motion), give us a call or come visit us in-person in Raleigh, NC. There are a few layers to every physical problem, and our evaluation makes sure to peel back every layer imaginable in order to find the root cause as well as treat your current symptoms.
- ONLY treating symptoms and not treating the cause – things like ice, heat, Advil and even soft tissue massage or dry needling are designed to treat the symptom of pain. They are all good techniques to get you feeling better quickly, but are almost always just a “band-aid” solution, temporarily masking the pain while the real reason you’re in pain in the first place is still lingering! If you experience pain in one area, and all your focus has been in that one area, you’re missing out on the entire rest of your body as a possible solution!
- Not working on the shoulders – golf, and really most of our daily activities, use many parts of our body. Our research with over 1,200 golfers has shown that lacking rotation in the shoulders is a major cause of neck pain (interesting, right?!). If you haven’t taken our Home Assessment yet, please do so! It is often eye-opening when people with neck pain pass the neck assessment but really struggle with the shoulder assessment. Again, if all your efforts are working on the neck itself, and you haven’t looked at the shoulders, you might be missing the key to living pain-free and swinging more consistently with greater distances!
- Lacking rotation in the upper back – the area in between your shoulder blades, often called the Thoracic Spine, can have serious effects on the neck. If you are stiff through the upper back from sitting in front of a computer screen (and who isn’t doing a lot of that these days?), watching a lot of TV or driving long distances, you are going to start “borrowing” movement from your neck. And, just like the bank when you borrow money, your neck will eventually charge interest, except this time it is in the form of pain! We have a LOT of exercises on our YouTube library working on Thoracic Spine mobility, and they are all pretty straightforward. Give one or two of them a try and see how your body improves not only your neck pain, but also your swing!
These are just a few of the main reasons we see neck pain linger longer than it should. If you or someone you know is experiencing these issues, try out the suggestions above, or better yet, give us a call and find out how we can help! You shouldn’t have to live with neck pain longer than necessary, and we’re here to help.