It may not be a high-contact sport, but there are still plenty of injuries a golfer can sustain, and massage can be an excellent technique for assisting both the healing and prevention of these issues. Massage can also be a wonderful way to increase flexibility, which can help golfers with their form
Golf is one of the most popular sports globally, with up to 35 million people participating around the world. While injuring oneself while playing golf isn’t something that is necessarily heard of very often, you’d be surprised at how much of a toll golf can take on a body.
For starters, the repetitive, one-sided nature of a golf swing means it’s common to see muscular injuries in the lower back, hips, shoulder and elbow. Being one-sided also often means the other side of the body compensates for the pain, and often, golfers find their whole bodies become sore.
Golfers also experience a lot of soreness around the head and neck, as well as in between the shoulder blades. This is usually caused as the body tightens for the swing. Also during the swing, the lower back can be affected by the twisting motion. The swing puts a lot of pressure on the body, requiring rotation and compression.
Because a lot of the toll is taken by the upper body, core and back strength are paramount.
Finally, there’s the dreaded golfer’s elbow, generally caused by an overworked arm and tense arm muscles. Golfer’s elbow occurs on the inside of the arm and can be debilitating if not treated quickly and regularly.
There are a range of benefits that massage therapy can have for golfers.
There are so many types of massage around, however there are a few that are perfect for treating golfers’ injuries and helping to maintain their form.
While many mistake this as similar to tennis elbow, the treatment is actually very different. Golfer’s elbow actually affects the inside of the elbow, so that’s where treatment needs to be focused. Golfer’s elbow is caused by overworked and tense arm muscles. This leads to an inflammation of the ligaments.
To treat golfer’s elbow, pressure is applied to the muscle on the inside of the elbow, the insider of the lower arm including the wrist flexors. Remember, this area can be exceptionally sensitive and painful to someone suffering from golfer’s elbow, so be gentle. Of course, the upper arm also needs to be treated, and it’s actually the back that needs to be focused on. The triceps can contribute a lot of pain to a golfer’s elbow injury, and it’s best to massage the spot that’s the most painful. And of course, while many people don’t associate it with the arm, golfer’s elbow does impact the pectoral muscles, so make time to massage the trigger points on the chest.