Improve Your Golf Game With Rolfing®
Choosing to work with a Rolfer™ won’t stop your slice or improve your putting, but it just might end up improving your overall game and lowering your score. It’s no secret that golf can be hard on your lower back. The quick, repetitive twisting motion required to swing a club puts your back at risk every time you play, and if you already have a back injury you’re putting other muscle groups and your movement patterns at risk. Keep reading to learn how to improve your golf game in the Chicago area with Rolfing care.
How Rolfing Can Boost Your Game
Since a Rolfer is trained to balance the entire body they are able to help golfers reduce the amount of stress and systemic strain placed on their bodies. The lower back does undergo a lot of stress with the torque of a standard golf swing, but there are other body parts that can affect your golf game, too. Pain or range of motion issues in your shoulders, elbows, knees or wrists will definitely affect your swing and lead to inflated scores.
Rolfing can put your body back into alignment, create the feeling of more space between joints removing nerve compression, and improving flexibility and range of motion. When you are free from pain and your mobility isn’t hindered in any way, you can swing freely and focus on your game.
It All Begins With You
Although you can improve your golf game with Rolfing, taking steps to help yourself will improve it even further. Arrive early at the course and do some warm up stretching and light swings before your game. Whether you hit some balls at the practice range or not, stretching and loosening up is key. The suggestion offered to many clients is to be gentle with yourself rather than aggressively trying to stretch. Allow the nervous system to adjust to the stretch and make sure you allow the breath to continue inhaling and exhaling with an even flowing pace and rhythm. You’ll also want to perform some light stretches after your round to keep your muscles loose and lengthened.
It’s easy to get dehydrated out on the golf course, but not drinking enough can set the stage for a strained muscle or similar injury. Make sure you drink plenty of water before, during, and after playing golf, especially if it is hot outside. If you walk the course when you play, avoid carrying your bag and pull it instead. Carrying a heavy golf bag over 18 holes can cause disc problems and irritate nerves as well as overloading one side of your body which end up creating inefficient postural patterns.
If you have the option, avoid wearing metal spikes when you play. They have the potential to get stuck in the ground during your swing, causing a serious knee or back injury. And if you find that your swing is causing pain in any area of your body, consider taking lessons to learn a more efficient way to swing your clubs. If you follow these tips you’ll enjoy a pain-free round every time out. I'm here to help at one of my several Rolfing practices in the Chicagoland area. I'm here to help answer your questions. Please feel free to contact me today.