Getting Older Golfers Back on Course
Because golf is a game that places a great deal of stress on bones, joints, and muscles, older golfers often develop musculoskeletal problems that may prevent them from playing. Of course, regardless of what club is being used, it is important to maintain a neutral posture (straight back) rather than a rounded, forward-leaning "C-posture." With every swing of the club, the upper back, hips, ankles, shoulders, and wrists need to be mobile, while the lower (lumber) back, knees, elbows, and hands require more stability. With this in mind, older golfers may want to engage in off-the-course exercise regimens and regular chiropractic treatment that helps them avoid nagging back pain, sore knees and wrists, and should (including rotator cuff) pain.
Golf has long been hailed as one of the best ways to exercise the body and relax the mind. As in any sport , however, injuries can occur if you don't take the proper precautions. Golf can be especially hard on the spine, often triggering back disorders. Many professional golfers have undergone back surgery to remedy chronic back pain associated with golfing. However, chiropractic care could help golfers with their back and golf game without the negative side effects of pain medication or surgery. To schedule an appointment please call 860-621-2225, or visit us at 200 Queen St. Southington.
P.S. If a golfer lacks sufficient stability in his/her thoracic spine and hips, his/her lower back may compensate, thereby compromising stability and increasing the risk of lower back pain.