Hi I’m Thomas Malchow, and I help golfers with low back pain. I’m a Kinesiologist, Golf Fitness Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Nutritionist. I know how low back pain can take over your life. For years I suffered with three bulging discs in my low back, as well as arthritis and facet joint syndrome. I’ve learned how to not only manage my low back pain, but eliminate it almost entirely without prescription drugs and I can show you how to do the same.
As a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and National Academy of Sports Medicine, I have been in practice for 20 years and have helped hundreds of people eliminate their low back pain, including many Olympic and professional athletes.
Over the years I’ve realized three things that I’ve set out to change…
1. Muscle imbalances have to be addressed
A muscle imbalance is a combination of tight and weak muscles that can change your posture and how you move. When the way you move changes, it can lead to tension, inflammation, and injury. By finding muscle imbalances in your body we can fix the root cause of your pain instead of just treating your symptoms.
2. Problems in other areas of your body contribute to your low back pain
In order for your low back to be healthy, it must be stable. Having stability in your low back requires that your thoracic spine (upper back) and hips have a lot of mobility. Unfortunately, the thoracic spine and hips tend to get “locked-up”. When this happens your body has no choice but to make your low back move more. This causes your low back to become unstable. Having an unstable low back leads to pain and injury.
3. Nutrition might be the most important part of fixing your back
You literally are what you eat. Your body takes the food that you eat and uses it as the building blocks for your tissues. If you want the structures in your low back to be strong and healthy you must provide your body with good building materials. These strong building materials only come from a healthy diet. Just like when building a house, if you want the house to be strong you must use good materials.
What Clients Are Saying About Working With Me
“I was introduced to Thomas after my second season of professional hockey in 2002. I was immediately impressed by his knowledge and devotion to his methods. He managed to address many issues I had in my training, diet, and treatment of past injuries which made a huge difference in my performance. I am extremely grateful for Thomas’s guidance and expertise as it allowed me to bring the best version of myself to my sport. I would highly recommend Thomas to anyone looking to better themselves in sport or life in general”
-Jesse Fibiger, NHL hockey player
“After suffering catastrophic injuries from a rock climbing accident, I felt like my progress in recovery had stagnated, and my physical job was becoming more difficult to manage. Thomas helped me in a big way, identifying muscular imbalances that were exacerbating my aches and pains, and giving me the tools I needed to correct these imbalances. This allowed me to return to work mostly pain free, and provide me with greater functionality in day to day life.”
“When I met Thomas is 2002 I was playing hockey for Northern Michigan University. I quickly trusted his techniques and he was a pleasure to work with. He always brought attention to detail to everything we did, as well as, explained why we did things and what the benefits were. His communication skills were excellent and he had some very innovative ideas. While working with Thomas I was able to improve all aspects of my physical performance, he made me stronger, faster and more agile. He was also able to address any injury I sustained during the long hockey season. With the training, meal advice and support I received from Thomas, I was able to make it to the NHL in 2003 with the Phoenix Coyotes. I would highly recommend Thomas as a kinesiologist and nutritionist to anyone. He is very intelligent, hard working and incredibly driven. Anyone looking to recover from injury or advance their physical attributes would benefit immensely from Thomas’ guidance.”
-Mike Stutzel, NHL hockey player
“For the better part of a year I was having issues with my upper back and neck. I’m active, and enjoy hockey, curling and most of all -playing with my 4yr old son. Unfortunately that wasn’t enough to escape the realities of working a desk job for years -it caught up to me. I tried massage, chiro, and physio -it wasn’t working and the pain was preventing me from doing the things I love. An assessment with Thomas, he armed me with the tools and knowledge I needed to address my condition. In just a few weeks the results have been amazing. Better yet, my program can be done at home and only requires 20 minutes in the morning. He is a wizard! Thanks Thomas!”
“I had the good fortune to be a client of Thomas’ a number of years ago.
I found him to be knowledgeable, encouraging, and open-minded. These traits helped me trust Thomas and his program until I was able to develop to a more comfortable body weight and to reduce self-consciousness. His results-focused fitness plan helped to increase my awareness of proper movement and nutrition. Thomas ensured my sessions were injury-free and enjoyable, and as a result of that positive experience, I have continued to make my health a priority since that time.”
Low Back Doesn’t Need To Take Over Your Life… There’s Another Way.
Low back pain can be relentless and it can take over your life… but it doesn’t have to be this way.
It’s frustrating when you’ve tried so many different types of treatment, but you’re still not getting any relief.
The worst part of having low back pain is it keeps you from doing the things that you love, like playing golf. As you become more inactive your body becomes weaker, your low back pain becomes worse, and other parts of your health start to deteriorate. It can start to feel like getting your health back is an impossible dream.
Most practitioners will prescribe flexibility and strengthening programs.
But many people try these programs and still find themselves with unrelenting low back pain and no relief in sight.
If you want to unleash the longest drives and have a resilient back you must train your joints and tissues to load, store, and recover elastic energy. Your muscles must become pulsing springs and your body a controlled whip. This is what generates the most club head speed. This is what will build resiliency into your back.
If you’ve been suffering from low back pain and can’t seem to get rid of it, I can help you troubleshoot some of the root causes of low back pain and stop it from getting even worse.
Click the link below to learn more about my free 30-min “Video Troubleshooting Session For Golfers”, where I’ll explore your health history in more detail and take you through a step-by-step posture and movement assessment to discover which of the 5 root causes are keeping you stuck in pain.