It’s no secret that regularly playing golf provides many health benefits; the low impact sport is associated with reduced stress, a healthy heart and improved muscle tone, as well as a host of mental health benefits. It’s less well known the strain and pressure this relaxing game can have on our bodies, especially golf back problems, often without us realising when the correct techniques are not followed.
Poor swing can result in numerous golf injuries that, left untreated, can cause serious health problems as well as affecting your performance. Golf chiropractic care will not only alleviate your aches and pains, but improve your game. Who wouldn’t want that, right?
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Common golf injuries
Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) is a condition that causes inflammation and pain of the muscles within the elbow area. It is caused by repetitive and excessive stress due to the pressure of each swing. If left untreated, it can lead to stiffness in the elbow and, eventually, permanent disability.
Golfer’s elbow is often confused with tennis elbow. They have similar causes, effects, and treatments, but they impact different areas of the elbow; golfer’s elbow affects the inner elbow, whereas tennis elbow the outer.
Golf back problems and strain
Golf back pain is the most common injury among golfers. It can be extremely painful and damaging. Back pain, especially lower back pain, often is a result of poor swing. A bad swing puts a huge amount of pressure on your back, which can then lead to neck pain. However, mastering your swing is not the only potential health problem on the course, constantly carrying your heavy golf bag, especially on the same side each game can cause spinal misalignment and seriously damage your back’s health over time.
Wrist and hand sprain
Incorrect grips can cause painful wrist-related injuries, high-impact swings put pressure on the wrists and can cause the tendons to swell. Wrist injuries can cause a lot of pain, which can also affect your handicap. When left untreated, this can cause long term damage to your joints and tendons, which can lead to a detrimental reduction in overall mobility.
Shoulder pain is a common golf injury that many golfers experience. Improper rotation often leads to rotator cuff injuries due to pressure in the shoulders. A poorly executed golf swing is one of the major causes of this golf injury. Pain often starts as a dull ache, during your game or later that day, and without golf chiropractic will worsen over time.
They say ‘it’s all in the hips’ but incorrect practice can cause serious and lasting damage in the hips… When playing golf, there are a lot of twisting and rotations in the hip area. Without proper care and control of such movements, continued pressure on the hip joints can be detrimental for your handicap, as well as cause pain and discomfort during your game.
Golf chiropractic improves your game and removes the pain
Golf chiropractic care offers non-invasive and drug free treatments for golf injuries to get you back in top form on the course. Tiger Woods himself is an advocate for golf chiropractic treatment, stating, “seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis has made me a much better golfer.”
Whether you are struggling with persistent golf back problems or are looking to increase your mobility and improve your golf game, chiropractic treatment will unlock your body’s true potential. Remember, your consultation will be free if the doctor cannot help you.