Between twisting their bodies into odd postures and the motion of a bent-over stance 120 times over a three to four hour game along with walking miles, golfers have the potential for lower-back issues.
Many golfers will continue to play until they get hurt, then start looking for help. But, regular chiropractic visits can reduce the likelihood of injury.
The American Chiropractic Association suggests these simple tips to avoid back pain and improve your game:
- Purchase equipment that fits. Don’t try to adapt your swing to the wrong clubs.
- Spend some extra time performing quality stretches before and after your game.
- Senior golfers, if you show signs of arthritis in the hands, consider a larger, more specialized grip for added safety and performance.
- Having clubs that are comfortable will increase the chances of playing for a long time without significant physical limitations.
- Learning proper swing technique is critical. At the end of your swing, you want to be standing up straight.
- Wear orthotics. These custom-made shoe inserts support the arch, absorb shock, and increase coordination.
- Avoid metal spikes. Wear soft shoes or soft spikes for greater motion.
- Pull, don’t carry, your golf bag.
- Keep your entire body involved. Every third hole, take a few practice swings with the opposite hand to keep your muscles balanced and even out the stress on your back.
- Drink lots of water.