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Golf – One of the world’s best loved sports. Played by an increasing number of people and becoming more and more popular.
What happens when golf becomes a pain?
What if your shoulders become stiff or painful?
What if you suffer lower back pain?
What if your hamstrings so tight they affect your swing?
Few golfers really think about the muscles and joint involved in their game. But, whilst you are practising your perfect swing, there is repeated strain to all of these areas. In particular, stress to the L5 lumber region (lower back).
Golfers can do much to avoid or reduce pain themselves
Warm up excercises are as vital to the golfer as any other athelete.
- Place your golf club on the ground and hold onto the end of the club.
- Place one leg forward keeping your knee straight.
- Lean forward keeping your back flat until you feel a stretch in the back of your front leg.
- Hold this stretch for 20-30 seconds and then repeat with the other leg.
- Hold a golf club in front of you.
- Keeping your back flat and legs semi straight bend forward and reach your club towards the ground.
- Hold this position for 1-2 seconds and then return to the starting position.
- Repeat 5 times.
- Hold a club above your head with your arms extended.
- Slowly bend to one side until a comfortable stretch is felt. Return to the starting position and repeat to the other side.
- Bend side to side 5 times each.
- Hold a club with one hand and place it behind you with your hand over your shoulder.
- Reach back with the bottom hand and take hold of the club head.
- Using your upper hand pull the club up towards the ceiling until a stretch is felt in the opposite shoulder.
- Hold for the 10-15 seconds and then repeat on the other side.
- Hold a golf club out in front of your chest and arms extended.
- Rotate your trunk and shoulders to the left side until a stretch is felt in your torso. Return to the starting position and repeat to the other side.
Use a stand bag or trolley to prevent the continue bending and picking up.
If you’re carrying, use a bag with dual straps to evenly distribute the weight.
What if you do all the right things and it still hurts?
What if you just have naturally stiff shoulders and you know it’s affecting your swing?
Massage is a very effective treatment of the soft tissue areas, especially if the therapist is familiar with both the mechanics of the game and it’s impact of the body
Amanda, at Ananda Healing, has developed this massage as Duncan, a keen golfer, found playing very painful due to a severe back injury some 12years ago.
I worked on his back to release the muscles in his shoulders, neck and lower back. I then included the glutes and hamstrings and down his legs. Duncan not only experienced a great reduction in pain but also, due to the increased range of movement, an improvement in his game, in particular his swing.
Duncan felt this magical massage shouldn’t be for his benefit alone so now we are offering it to all golfers!
Having suffered for many years with a severe lower back injury my golf swing had suffered. I couldn’t connect with the ball consistently as it would twinge and spasm at the worst moments of the swing. Immediately after the massage my entire body had relaxed incredibly. I went to the range and my swing had improved, no twinges, and no spasms! I now have the massage before most rounds and can play 18 holes with little or no pain (which is something I’ve never had before). I couldn’t recommend this massage highly enough, unless of course I’m playing against you in a tournament, in which case you should do loads of heavy lifting beforehand with straight legs!