The US Masters always heralds the start of a summer of sport for us at The Spine & Joint Centre in Ealing. The golf was exciting and the course was as stunning as usual. It was good to see Tiger Woods back in action so soon after the major surgery he had on his back.
Of course it’s not just professional golfers who suffer injuries, amateur golfers are prone to injuries and strains too.
It’s not unusual for our chiropractors to treat golfers who are most frequently suffering back, neck and shoulder problems. One of the main causes of injuries and strains whilst playing golf is due to the repetitive nature of the swing itself. However, this is not the only reason. Other common causes for these injuries are poor technique, lack of stretching before and after playing and carrying heavy golf bags.
Our chiropractors have put together some tips for golfers to keep themselves safe:
- It’s a good idea to get your golf swing checked. A small change in the alignment of your body could make you safer as well as improve your overall game.
- Invest in a light bag with dual harness straps over the shoulders. This type of bag will be lighter to carry and the straps will ensure that the weight is evenly distributed.
- Wear good fitting and supportive shoes. Your shoes should ensure you have a stable stance and prevent you from twisting inappropriately.
- Stretch before and after playing. Concentrate on stretching your hamstrings, quads, chest and shoulders for a few minutes before and after playing by doing a few simple stretches.
- Pick up by bending at the knees. Whether you are picking up your golf ball, golf bag or anything else remember to bend at the knees and not at your waist.
- Use a power or electric caddy. Pull-trolleys inevitably mean twisting yourself around into awkward positions which is never a safe position to be in.
If you are suffering pain or discomfort then why not book an appointment with one of our chiropractors – they’re here to help. Not only will help you feel better, your golf game may improve too!