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Golf: Don't Let It Cause You Pain

By Virginia Laird

Have you ever watched a professional golf tournament? Those athletes make the sport appear to be so simple. However, there is much to be understood about the game. For many, golf can be a backaching sport. Chiropractors preach that golfers should make it a priority to properly care for their back, as the twisting of a beautiful golf swing can put stress on the spine, often leading to pain. These same professionals have compiled a list of helpful tips, for those of us who are not pros at the game, to help prevent back pain while taking on a round of golf. These tips include:

  • Invest in a cart
  • Stretch prior to hitting the course
  • Use good posture

Invest in a Cart

Although you may have noticed the professionals walk the entire course, they also have caddies who carry their clubs. For those of us who just play golf for fun, it is wise to invest in the cart to help haul your load around the course. Chiropractors suggest that carrying your clubs along the 18-hole course can put unnecessary stress on the spine which can lead to shifting and restricting. This can cause pain.

Stretch Prior to Hitting the Course

Stretching prior to any physical activity is a great way to keep back pain at bay. Chiropractors suggest stretching helps to loosen the muscles of the back. Stretching out can help prevent injury as well. Research suggests those who skip out on stretching are far more likely to suffer injury, which can be debilitating and irreparable. If you have never been one to stretch, now is the time to start. Protect yourself from pain so that you can enjoy the game you love.

Use Good Posture

While on the golf course it is best to use correct posture as a technique to prevent back pain. Chiropractors advise that good posture, no matter where or when it is applied, is a great tool to keep back pain at bay.

If you have moderate to severe back pain it can be wise to visit your chiropractor before heading to the course. Beginning a pain prevention plan can be as simple as dropping by The Joint Chiropractic on your way to or from the links. With more than 400 locations nationwide you are sure to find one of The Joint's near you. There are no appointments necessary, making your care as readily available as you need it to be.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Jose, Calif.

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