Picture this: you're on the tee-off box, focusing on that perfect swing. But as you twist to follow through, a sharp pain shoots through your lower back, throwing off your game.

If you're a golfer, you might know this scenario all too well.

Lower back pain can be a real handicap, affecting your performance and enjoyment of the game. But what if I told you that the root of this pain might not actually be in your lower back?

At E3 Chiropractic + Wellness in Saskatoon, we've seen countless golfers struggling with lower back pain. And more often than not, the culprit isn't just weak core muscles or poor form—it's often stiffness in the mid back and hips that's to blame.

In this blog, we'll dive into how these seemingly unrelated areas of the body can contribute to lower back pain in golfers, and how our expert team can help you address and prevent these issues.

Understanding the Connection

To understand why stiffness in the mid back and hips can lead to lower back pain, let's take a closer look at the biomechanics of the golf swing.

A smooth, efficient swing requires a coordinated movement of the entire body, from the feet all the way up to the shoulders. But when certain areas of the body are stiff or restricted in movement, it can throw off this coordination, putting undue stress on other areas, such as the lower back.

Causes of Stiffness:

Sedentary Lifestyle: Many golfers spend a significant amount of time sitting, whether at a desk or in a car. This prolonged sitting can lead to tightness and stiffness in the hips and mid-back.

Lack of Mobility Training: Golfers often focus on strength training for power and distance but neglect mobility training to improve flexibility and range of motion in key areas like the midback and hips.

Repetitive Movements: The golf swing is a repetitive motion that can lead to muscle imbalances and tightness, particularly in the muscles surrounding the hips and mid-back.

Effects on the Golf Swing

When the mid back and hips are stiff, it can affect every aspect of the golf swing:

Limited Rotation: Stiffness in the mid back can restrict your ability to rotate fully, leading to compensatory movements and increased strain on the lower back.

Loss of Power: Without proper hip mobility, you may struggle to generate power from the lower body, putting more strain on the back muscles to compensate.

The Role of E3 Chiropractic + Wellness

At E3 Chiropractic + Wellness, we specialize in identifying and addressing the underlying causes of pain and dysfunction in golfers. Our team of experienced chiropractors and wellness professionals will work with you to:

Assess Your Mobility: Through thorough assessment and movement analysis, we'll pinpoint areas of stiffness and restriction in your mid back and hips.

Provide Targeted Treatment: Using a combination of chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapy, and corrective exercises, we'll help restore proper mobility and function to these areas.

Create a Customized Plan: We'll create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and goals, whether you're looking to alleviate pain, improve performance, or prevent future injuries.

Prevention Strategies

In addition to addressing existing issues, we'll also provide you with strategies to prevent stiffness and injury in the future:

Mobility Exercises: We'll prescribe specific exercises to improve flexibility and range of motion in your mid back and hips, helping you maintain optimal mobility for your golf swing.

Posture Correction: We'll educate you on proper posture and body mechanics both on and off the golf course, helping you avoid habits that contribute to stiffness and pain.

Regular Maintenance: Just like your golf game, maintaining optimal mobility requires consistent effort. We'll work with you to develop a maintenance plan that fits seamlessly into your lifestyle, keeping you pain-free and performing at your best.


Don't let stiffness in your mid back and hips keep you from enjoying your time on the golf course. By addressing these underlying issues with the help of the experts at E3 Chiropractic + Wellness, you can not only alleviate existing pain but also prevent future injuries and improve your performance.

Take the first step towards a pain-free game! Click HERE to book an appointment today! Your lower back will thank you!


Dr. Kurtis Gryba

Dr. Kurtis Gryba

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