Golf is a game in which one endeavors to control a ball with implements ill adapted for the purpose.
Woodrow Wilson

Eager to get out on the green and perfect your swing? For avid golfers who want to make the most of the season, here are some simple tips to not only help improve your game, but also help you stay pain and injury free.

  1. Always warm up with a few minutes of aerobic activity, such as brisk walking.
  2. Stretch the muscles in your back, abdomen, legs and shoulders before your game.
  3. When lifting your golf bag, bend your knees and lift using your legs, not your back.
  4. Make sure your clubs are the right length for you so you don’t have to bend or overextend your back.
  5. Wear soft spikes on your shoes for greater cushioning and shock absorption.
  6. Use a cart rather than carrying your clubs.
  7. Occasionally swing in the opposite direction to balance the stress on the muscles in your back.
  8. Bend your knees and use a golf club for support when stooping to retrieve a ball.
  9. Always stretch to cool down after finishing a golf game.
  10. Take some refresher lessons to make sure you still have the right swing of things.

“If you experience pain during or following your game, seek treatment,” says Dr. Brian Gushaty, Edmonton chiropractor. “The longer an injury is allowed to linger the more difficult and longer the healing process.”

Chiropractors are back care experts and the obvious practitioner of choice for treatment of back pain, injury and related conditions. They can also provide advice and exercises to help get you in the game and help you stay in the game. No referral is necessary and access to treatment is very rapid.

Close to one million Albertans consult a chiropractor each year—shouldn’t you? With hundreds of chiropractic clinics located throughout the province, finding a chiropractor is easy.

For more information about back health and chiropractic care, including the Find a Chiropractor tool, visit www.albertachiro.com.