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Fred Couples: “Honestly, I didn’t think I was going to be able to play today...The work done on my back made me feel great."

 

How We Can Help

Pain is the golfer’s enemy. It saps you of energy and limits your  ability to get the most from your game.

Acupuncture is highly effective in relieving pain in all parts of the body including the lower and upper back, neck, elbow, shoulder, hands, and feet.

Acupuncture is also beneficial for the golfer’s mind as well as the body. Relieving the mind from fear of pain, and being in a positive mental state, is a key effect of acupuncture. Since golf is such a mental game, this provides a tremendous additional benefit to the golfer.

Acupuncture has even been used for treatment of the yips! (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16430127)

Our aim is to give our clients the fastest and most complete recovery possible.

The treatments we use at Acuhealth include:

  • Electro-Acupuncture
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Infra-Red
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
  • Rehabilitation Exercise Programmes
  • Laser
  • Stretching
  • Rotation and Mobilisation
  • Taping

 

Background

Even though golf is considered a low intensity activity, it is not an injury free activity. It’s estimated that approximately 62% of golfers, whether amateur or professional, will endure some kind of injury related to the game. The most common injuries are acute or chronic back and shoulder injuries. They can be associated with repetitive micro-trauma, repetitive untreated sprains/strains, or from poor swing mechanics.

Nearly all golf injuries can be traced back to one or more of the following causes:

• Striking the ground while swinging
• Overuse
• Flawed body mechanics during the swing
• Not warming up
• Not gripping the club correctly

Types of Injuries

Low back pain is the most common injury or complaint among both professional and amateur golfers, followed by injuries to the upper extremities (elbow and shoulder). 

Low back problems can occur as a result of the powerful rotation and extension motion in the golf swing.

The elbow is the second most commonly injured area in golfers. The two most common problems are medial epicondylitis (also known as golfer’s or thrower’s elbow) and lateral epicondylitis (more commonly known as tennis elbow) Both are thought to occur as a result of poor swing mechanics. Medial epicondylitis is thought to be caused by hitting shots “fat” (that is, hitting the ground first), and lateral epicondylitis may be caused by over-swinging with the right hand in right-handed golfers. Both of these problems increase with age and frequency of play.

Injury Prevention

To avoid golf injuries at any age or level, all golfers should have a specific routine of stretching and flexibility (warm up)exercises they perform prior to starting each round. Here at Acuhealth we can help you to develop a warm up routine to help minimise the risk of injury while playing.

Along with these exercises, it is important for the golfer to develop a solid swing technique. The golfer who plays with a poor swing technique will have an increased risk of injury due to the excessive stress placed on their back, shoulders, and elbows.  Always hit some golf balls before a game, starting with the wedge and gradually working your way up to the driver. You should never just grab the driver and go!

 

 

 

 

 
 
  

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