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The Spinal Column: Get in the Game Without the Pain

Now that the warm weather has finally arrived, the fairways are getting full! Golf enthusiasts have been out perfecting their technique in pursuit of the longest drive, a birdie or the elusive hole-in-one. And while proper equipment and technique play a role, one of the most important success factors is the physical condition of the golfer. When you consider the spinal rotation that goes into a swing and the fact that the speed of the club can reach up to 160 km/h, it’s easy to understand that golf puts significant biomechanical stress on the body. A strong trunk, flexibility and good range of motion in the muscles and joints will both improve your technique and prevent injury. So, while out on the greens this summer, we recommend that you keep in mind these important golfing tips, or as we like to say “Get in the Game Without the Pain.”

How to Get in the Game Without the Pain.

Chiropractors are experts in the area of back, muscle and joint biomechanics and function. As education and preparedness are the keys to correcting and avoiding many health problems, Beechwood Chiropractic and the Ontario Chiropractic Association offer the following preventative tips:

  1. Wear appropriate clothing. Select comfortable shoes with soft spikes-they are easier on the course and provide cushioning for your back. Wear breathable clothing and a hat to provide protection from the sun. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen.
  2. Use the right equipment. Clubs that are too short or too long can cause problems for your back-purchase a club that fits your body type. Consider using a push cart as well, rather than a pull cart or hauling around a heavy bag on your shoulders all day long.
  3. Warm-up. A few simple stretches and a brisk walk prior to playing can help loosen your muscles and joints and help prevent injury.
  4. Use proper technique. Adopting a golf swing based on your physical and biomechanical capacity is important. Amateurs are better off adopting a classic golf swing to allow the hips to turn as much as the shoulders and to minimize spinal twisting. Consider taking a lesson on proper technique.
  5. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of hydrating fluids before, during and after your game. Dehydration not only affects your energy levels and physical functioning, but can lead to heat stroke. And sorry folks, but beer does not count!
  6. Cool down. At the end of your game, do some stretches or take a walk to limber up and relax those joints and muscles.
  7. Lastly, have fun! The right attitude is good for your performance and your overall health.

Follow these simple tips every time that you hit the greens to help prevent an injury or strain. To learn more, book an appointment with one of the doctors at the Beechwood Chiropractic Clinic and let us help to get you ready for the golf season.

Please note: This article is a basic summary for educational purposes only. It is not intended, and should not be considered, as a replacement for consultation, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed health care practitioner.

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