The area of the body that undergoes significant muscular activity during the golf swing is the lower back. Due to this it is the most common site for golf related injury and the need for treatment in golfers. It is likely that the significant activity and repetitive nature of the golf swing are associated with the high rate of injury in golfers .Modifications of the golf swing has been hypothesized to reduce the incidence of low back injury in golfers. Research on various golf swings to evaluate if a different swing will change the incidence of low back injuries in golfers.
Treating lower back pain
Most common method is to visit a Toronto Chiropractor. For relief of pain and to promote healing from golf related lower back issues it is generally advisable to rest for a day or two. Apply heat and/ or ice and and take pain medications as necessary. Medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen can help reduce inflammation and acetaminophen may be taken in conjunction with these medications to help further reduce low back pain. The pain may be so uncomfortable that you seek medical treatment in which case you will be given prescriptions and will temporarily mask the pain. Pain is the body’s way of sending you a message, treating the cause of the pain might be a better choice. Massage by a registered massage therapist will loosen your muscles and increase blood flow. The increased blood flow to the area of muscle pain provides relief and can help heal the pain faster.
Exercise for low back pain
It is generally not advisable to further stress the inflamed muscles by continuing to play golf through an episode of low back pain. Taking time off will allow the muscles to rest and heal much quicker by not aggravating the injury further. Continuing to stretch between golf sessions is advisable as is continuing a low impact aerobic exercise program such as walking 30 to 40 minutes every other day. After low back pain has stopped slowly return to playing golf and apply the preventative suggestions to help avoid further occurrences. Stretching before and after a round of golf will help maintain flexibility and even more important to individuals who have experienced lower back pain associated with golf. With any sport or activity that involves strain on an area of muscles on the body reinjury is a possibility. If a stretching program is not maintained on a daily basis the resulting loss in flexibility will lead to further low back pain. Taking a few minutes and getting in the good habit of stretching will allow the golfer to continue to play golf uninterrupted by dealing with golf related injuries.
If you live in the Toronto area, visit Pacific Wellness Institute’s chiropractic care service.
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