Milpitas Chiropractor: How to Avoid Golf Injuries
Do you feel sore after your golf game? You could pay a visit to Dr. Dhanish Patel at the Milpitas Spine Center in Milpitas, California. Dr. Patel also has some tips to help you avoid injury while playing this sport, which can easily strain your back.
- The first rule of golfing is the stretch before, during and after you play your 18 holes. Key areas to stretch are the back, legs, neck, arms and wrists. Drs. Patel and Riley suggest a cardio warm-up – walking is fine – to loosen your muscles before you play. Stretching afterward can help reduce post-game stiffness and soreness. Stretching during the course of play is a good idea to relieve tension from your repetitive motions. This will keep your blood flowing and your muscles loose.Men are typically less flexible than women, so it’s a good idea for them to spend some extra time stretching. More flexibility will allow a more even and more consistent swing plane – and a more consistent performance.Specific Exercises
- Stretch out your hamstrings and groin area.
- Put a club across your shoulders, then lean left and right.
- Get into swing position and bend left and right.
- Stretch your shoulder muscles by raise a club behind your back.
- Take 10 practice swings with your opposite hand to stretch different muscles and loosen up.
- Stiff neck? Do some neck stretches, so your body can turn freely.Ask your chiropractor for appropriate exercises designed to accommodate your strengths and weaknesses, and areas that might need loosening up.
- Make sure your clubs are the right fit. You’re setting yourself up for back problems if you’re using clubs that are too long, too short – or composed of the wrong materials. Women typically do better with lighter clubs made of graphite, and seniors with arthritis might want to look at clubs with a larger, more specialized grip.
- Take lessons. You need to learn proper swing mechanics to avoid injury. Golfers with poor form are more likely to be injured.Don’t carry your bag. That puts a lot of stress on your body, compromising your posture and weakening your core strength. But if you choose to ride the course, get out of the golf cart and walk every other hole. The bouncing that occurs while you’re riding the cart can also be hard on your spine.
- Take a few practice swings with the opposite hand about every third hole. That will keep your muscles balanced and even out stress on the back.
- Visit your chiropractor. Tiger Woods credits regular visits to his chiropractor for making him a better golfer.That assertion is bolstered by a 2009 study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine.The study divided 43 golfers from two clubs in Sao Paulo, Brazil, into two groups. One group received a stretch program; the other group received the stretch program plus chiropractic care.The participants performed three full swing maneuvers over a series of four weeks, and researchers measured the average distance they were able to hit the ball. The golfers who had had chiropractic care were able to hit the ball farther than those in the group that had only been stretching.
Why chiropractic? By keeping your body in correct alignment with chiropractic, you also keep your swing in correct alignment.
Chiropractors are experts at correcting spinal misalignments, which press on the delicate spinal nerves, causing pain and interrupting the nerves’ ability to communicate with your limbs and organs.
If you are a golfer living in Milpitas, Fremont, San Jose, Santa Clara or Sunnyvale, consider paying a visit to the Milpitas Spine Center. Drs. Dhanish Patel and Scott Riley and their dedicated team of chiropractors and therapists are focused on whole body wellness. They are dedicated to giving your body the support and care it needs to heal.
If you live in the Santa Clara Valley area and are experiencing pain, contact the Milpitas Spine Center for a complimentary consultation to see if we can help.