Back Pain and Golf: Getting on Par Again
By Stephen R. Farris
Golf is one of the leading recreational sports in America. It's fun, fairly easy to learn and helps us keep our competitive edge without a 300-pound linebacker barreling in to take you to the ground.
It's a sport that can be played by anyone and has no age limit. There's nothing more relaxing and calming than getting outdoors, enjoying the fresh air and sunshine and taking a few swings out on the course or driving range.
But as with any sport, golf included, is you can suffer injuries. It could originate from your back and hip area, or even your arms, shoulders and legs. After all, there's a lot more range of motion in swinging a golf club than most people think.
Back pain is the most common pain experienced by golfers. When this happens, it might be time to pay your local chiropractor a visit to get it checked out. Plus they can give you tips on how to prevent and manage your pain. For now, here's a few tips to get your started.
Stretch Out Those Muscles
Just like any activity, you want to start it off by warming up and stretching your muscles. This helps to loosen them up. If your muscles are tight and you jump right in to the game, chances are that an injury will occur. There's nothing worse for a golfer than taking that first swing and getting hit with a sharp pain in the lower back.
A Strong Core Helps
Everyone needs to keep their core strong, including golfers. Most of the range of motion in a golf swing comes from the core, your back, abdominal muscles and hips. Try doing crunches, planks, Pilates and other exercises to help keep your core strong and your swing on its game.
Proper mechanics and technique is essential for all golfers. Learning and practicing good mechanics and techniques will also lessen your chances of injury as well. Avoid over-swinging at the ball and trying to hit it hard. Stay relaxed, using your hips and knees to bend. Taking a deep breath throughout each hole might help as well.
If you do experience back pain, visit your chiropractor and talk to them about what's going on. They may not be able to help you with your golf game, but they can provide you with relief so you can get back out on the course as quickly as possible.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Antonio, Tex.