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Don't Let Golf Break Your Back

By Virginia Laird

Golf can be a relaxing sport. Its slow pace and laid back atmosphere can be one to envy. Millions across the nation head out to reap the benefits of golfing daily. While there is research to suggest golfing can provide a boost to overall health and wellness, chiropractors warn that it can be detrimental to the back for some. Fortunately, these doctors have compiled a list of tips which can help prevent golf from breaking your back. A few of their tips include:

  • Use good posture
  • Stretch before beginning
  • Check your shoes

Use Good Posture

Posture is key to preventing back pain whether on the course or off. Those who make proper posture part of their daily habits are more likely to live life without the burden of back pain. Another benefit of good posture is that it can help prevent injury. Many who golf find themselves twisting and rotating the spine as they strive to hit the ball deep onto the fairway. This action alone can cause stiffness in the back. Without the use of proper posture, this can stop those who play in their tracks. To keep you on your feet be sure to make proper posture a priority at all times while playing a round of golf.

Stretch Before Beginning

Although golf may appear to be simple, slow-paced and relaxing, it can actually be quite taxing on the body. Like any other physically demanding activity, chiropractors suggest it is best to stretch prior to taking on the 18 holes staring back at you. Stretching can help loosen the muscles and prevent injury, which can allow you to fully enjoy your trip around the course.

Check Your Shoes

Just as if you are about to run a marathon, the shoes worn while golfing are equally important. Chiropractors suggest that the shoes worn while exercising or spending any amount of time on your feet should provide plenty of support. These shoes should not cause the natural stride to be altered in any way. Make sure to give your shoes the once over before you arrive at the course.

As always, if you are one who struggles to keep back pain a thing of the past, it may be wise to consider a trip to The Joint Chiropractic. There, your chiropractor will be ready to help you set up a plan to manage and prevent pain. With more than 400 locations nationwide, you are certain to find one near you. The Joint's no appointment necessary policy allows you to be seen as soon as you are ready to begin your care.

Don’t let back pain keep you from enjoying your time on the golf course. Now grab your clubs, a good pair of golf shoes, and head out to your favorite course right away.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Peoria, Ariz.

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