3 Tips for Golfing Without Back Pain
By Virginia Laird
As the wife of a golf pro, I know all too well the woes which can accompany spending hours on end on the golf course. Many who play tend to leave the course suffering with back pain and stiffness. Although there is no way to completely rid your life of the muscles stiffness, there is no reason to struggle with back pain after playing 18 holes. A few tips my husband uses to keep him on his feet day after day without struggling with back pain, include:
- Stretch before hitting the course
- Don’t carry your golf clubs
- Begin routine chiropractic care
Stretch Before Hitting the Course
A huge mistake that far too many make is forgetting that golf is a physically demanding sport. Although it can look simple, always remember that looks can be very deceiving. Like any other sport or workout, it is wise to stretch well prior to hitting the course. This by no means suggests spending an hour stretching. Rather, spend 10 to 15 minutes stretching the back, arms, and legs. This can help prevent pain and injury. It is wise to stretch along the way as well. Keeping your back loose between holes can help keep you on your feet.
Don’t Carry Your Golf Clubs
Although you see the professionals on television walking the course, remember they are professionals and have caddies to carry their clubs. Don’t even think about walking the entire course while lugging your clubs. This can be a recipe for disaster. Invest in a cart for your bag, it will save your spine, or a golf bag with wheels which can roll the load. Or you can rent a cart and ride.
Begin Routine Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care should not be looked at as the answer to back pain, rather it should be considered a way to prevent pain and maintain good spinal health. If you are serious about preventing pain and injury, it may be time to drop by the Joint Chiropractic near you and get started on your personalized prevention plan today. With more than 400 locations nationwide you are sure to find one near you.
Don’t let back pain keep you from enjoying the hobby you love. Start using this advice to help prevent back pain the next time you are on the course.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Vancouver, Wash.