Back pain from golf is one of the most common complaints of avid players.
As the weather gets nice, weekend golfers begin to dust off their clubs and head to the course. If you have spent the colder months or the quarantine months relaxing in your favorite recliner, you may not be in tip-top golfing shape and your back is going to let you know it.
Getting Rid of Back Pain from Golf
Don’t let your golf game suffer just because you are too stubborn to do a few little things that could make a big difference. Here are some tips on how to deal with back pain from golf.
Take time to warm up
Tiger Woods turned pro at the age of 20. Now, after 20 plus years and back and knee surgeries, he takes time to warm up before jumping right in. This especially important for anyone just coming off the couch after the off-season, or even if you are arriving after a long drive of sitting in the car. Remember to slowly increase the range and speed of your practice swings.
Proper Nutrition for Golf
If you expect to feel great after a night of drinking or after eating a whole pizza, you are SORELY mistaken. The food you eat impacts your mobility and energy level amongst other things. Many unhealthy (yet delicious) foods along with alcohol promote free radicals in the body which can increase inflammation. Back pain from golf is often also caused by inflammation, and poor nutrition can make it worse. It is totally ok to splurge every once in a while, but balance out those days with foods and supplements high in antioxidants.
Alter Your Swing Mechanics and Equipment
Sometimes injuries happen. Sometimes age happens. Just relax. You probably aren’t playing for a million-dollar prize. If you find that back pain from golf is keeping you from swinging as hard or fast as you once did, maybe you should consider upgrading to clubs that are better equipped to work for you where you are today. Don’t try to continually push through the pain.
CBD for Natural Relief
Natural is arguably always a good option. When used topically, CBD interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system to reduce discomfort through its interaction with receptors directly under the skin. Receptra Naturals Targeted Topical™ CBD also contains arnica and camphor to help speed up the process. When taken internally, its antioxidant properties can help reduce inflammation and also provide a calm focus. Receptra Relief tincture also contains the added benefits of turmeric.
Stay Active off the Course
If you are doing nothing between your golf outings, you are probably going to pay for it. You don’t need to run a marathon or lift weights daily. A solid routine of walking, stretching could make a big difference in alleviating your back pain from golf. If yoga is your thing, that is a great option. If not, 10 minutes of dedicated stretching daily could make a world of difference.