Chiropractic has been helping golfers deal with low back pain long time now! Back pain is the most common injury that a golfer will experience. The golf swing puts stress onto the spine.
First we will go over a few things to keep in mind while you are out on the course. If you are carrying your bag, make sure to use both straps to evenly distribute weight across your shoulders. When bending over to pick up your ball make sure and bend at the knees. And take a look at the size of your putter. If it is a shorter one, consider one that will support your height better.
It’s a good idea to make it out to the golf course five to ten minutes early and take some “easy” swings to warm up your ligaments before getting started. One big reason spinal injuries occur is because the first swing that people usually take is using a driver and swinging as hard as possible onto stiff joints. If you are also using bad mechanics, it greatly increases the risk of injury. A simple class to check your swing mechanics is a good idea at the start of the year. The hips and the middle part of the spine need to pull their weight to decrease the chance of injury to the lower back. Your golf coach can assure that happens.
One of the major keys to a golf swing is biomechanics from your head to your feet. If there is a kink in the system, then there is a higher chance of injury.
Our chiropractic office works with golfers quite frequently and provides strategies to ease into the season. If you have a catch in your swing we can help, contact our office at 216-938-7889.
Michael Lozitsky D.C.