Golfing is such a popular sport right now for individuals of all ages and Chiropractic can help you make the most of your season! The rotation in a golf swing can cause major problems for lower backs not to mention the odd vibration and shock of slamming a club into the turf on a swing attempt (a Dr. Jen classic stroke). Here are some simple tips that will help your technique to improve your golf score and, most importantly, help to keep you injury free.
When lifting your golf bag, bend your knees and lift using your legs, not your back
Always warm up with a few minutes of aerobic activity, such as brisk walking
Stretch the muscles in your back, abdomen, legs and shoulders before your game
Use clubs that are the correct length, so you don’t have to bend or overextend your back
Wear soft spikes on your shoes for greater cushioning and shock absorption
Use a cart rather than carrying your clubs
Take some lessons on how to swing and choose the correct club.
Occasionally practice swinging in the opposite direction to balance the stress on the muscles in your back
Bend your knees and use a golf club for support when stooping to retrieve your ball
Always stretch to cool down after finishing a game
If you experience pain during or following your game, it’s important to get an adjustment immediately. An adjustment will help free up the area, release muscle tension and re-align your spine. The longer an injury is allowed to linger, the more difficult and lengthy the healing process can be.
Doctors of chiropractic are primary care practitioners, and experts in the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal problems. They provide drug-free, hands-on treatment that targets the source of pain and can prescribe therapeutic exercises to help you get in the game, and stay in the game. See you on the green!