Watching the US Masters in Augusta makes me realise why so many people take up the sport of golf.
As a chiropractor I highly recommended taking regular exercise to maintain overall good health and also to maintain the health of your spine. On the face of it, golf can appear quite harmless as far as sports injuries are concerned after all it doesn’t have the element of physical contact and high rate of activity that sports like rugby or soccer have, however, golf does pose it’s own challenges to the physical body.
If you are a golfer then our team of chiropractors here at MotionBack in Central London have put together a few tips for you to keep your back safe:
Check your technique: Poor technique can be one of the biggest causes of injuries so we recommend you get it checked. Simply aligning your body can result in playing better, with less effort and have more fun at the same time!
Keep your load light: Carrying a heavy golf bag incorrectly is not going to help your back. Use an ultra light bag with dual harness straps over your shoulders. This should reduce the amount of weight your carrying around and also ensure the weight is evenly distributed. You may also want to check what you are carrying around in that bag of yours and lighten the load!
Warm Up & Cool Down: A good stretching routine will improve your flexibility and reduce the risk of injury. Spend a few minutes before teeing off to stretch and also repeat the stretches at the end of the round before heading to the bar! Make sure to stretch your hamstrings, quads, chest muscles and shoulders. You should get into the habit of doing this at the golf range too!
If you are suffering pain right now why not book an appointment with one of our chiropractors – they’re here to help!