With the sun shining, the rain drying up and temperatures rising,  people will soon replace their snow shovels with golf clubs – nearly 25 million people  to be exact, according to the National Golf Foundation. As fun as a warm day of golf can be, it certainly puts a great amount of strain on the body. Chiropractors are becoming a valuable tool for golfers. Higgins Chiropractic decided to provide 10 healthy tips for golfers to live by this summer:

  1. Purchase equipment that fits
    • Adapting your swing to fit your clubs is as bad on your body as it probably is on your golf game!
  2. Take lessons
    • If you don’t know already, at the end of the swing you should be standing up straight. Learning the proper swing technique is critical for your back and posture.
  3. Warm up
    • Reduce post-game stiffness and soreness by stretching.
  4. Drink lots of water
    • Dehydration can cause fatigue. If you’re dehydrated you may compensate by adjusting your swing increasing injury. Make sure you’re drinking a ton of water!
  5. Pull your golf bag
    • You should not carry your golf bag, it’s easier on your body to pull it.
  6. Keep your entire body involved
    • The American Chiropractic Association suggests taking a few practice swings every third hold with the opposite hand to keep your muscles balanced and evened out in order to cause less stress on the back.
  7. Women – Get clubs that are composed of a lighter, more flexible material
    • Clubs are often too long and not flexible enough for a woman’s grip.
  8. Men – Stretch to increase trunk flexibility
    • Men are less flexible than women. To maintain a more evened swing, you need to be more flexible.
  9. Seniors – If you have arthritis consider a specialized grip
  10. Wear orthotics
    • Orthotics are custom made shoe inserts that support arch, balance, coordination and absorb shock. Where your foot rests will affect your game. If you wear spikes, try to purchase soft spikes. Soft spikes allow for greater motion and put less stress on the back than metal spikes. (Not to mention, metal spikes rip up the golf course!)

Dr. Dan and Dr. Abbie of Higgins Chiropractic are trained and licensed to treat the neuromusculoskeletal system. If you golf regularly, there is not doubt you will begin to feel the stress it has on your body. Chiropractors can address other health concerns besides the back and neck including shoulder, knee, arm, wrist etc. If you have any concerns or would like more information on healthy tips for golfers, please contact us!

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