Back care awareness week – Focus on Golf!

With Sian George (M.Ost) registered osteopath Align Therapies (Sketty)

October saw Back Care Awareness Week from October 7th-11th and this year’s special focus was on back pain in golf; so, this month we will discuss a few facts and see how you can help your golf game.

  • Lower back pain accounts for up to 34% of all golf injuries.
  • Other golf related problems can include elbow, shoulder and wrist pain.
  • Tiger Woods struggled for years with back pain before finally opting for lumbar fusion surgery which has seen him come back to his pre-surgery best. His swing is described as ‘modern’ which is more powerful and compressive on the spine compared to Jack Nicklaus who has a ‘classic’ swing.
  • Golf is a repetitive strain sport with an average 300 swings per game.
  • Golf is great for socialising, fitness and mobility no matter what your age or ability.

How to help your golf game

As Osteopath’s, we treat many golfers for all sorts of aches and pains, no matter the time of year. Here are a few tips to help you stay mobile and keep your golf game strong:

  • Warming up using the golf club with gentle rotations, flexion and side bending. This will help the thoracic spine (mid/upper back), hips, lumbar spine (lower back) and shoulders.
  • Balance your game using Pilates to strengthen and improve flexibility.
  • If you are increasing your volume of playing or training, build up gradually.
  • Regular Osteopathy can help if any niggles arise or as a ‘MOT’ through the busier season.
  • Have lessons with a golf professional to check swing and stance, more so if you change your clubs or have any issues such as a hip replacement.

If you believe we can help you, why not give us a call for a free phone consultation or advice on 01792 204012 Alternatively, please visit us at www.aligntherapies.co.uk for more information or follow us on Facebook @AlignTherapiesWales.

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