Injury prevention for the low back includes proper swing mechanics, such as rotating both the shoulder and hip equally in the backswing, and keeping the spine vertical (no hyperextension) on follow through.
Exercising the muscles of the core, which are the powerhouse and foundation of the golf swing, will assist in the long shots and increase crispness and control in the short game. So what’s all this about headaches? Was that just a catchy title? No! Neck pain and cervicogenic (originating from the neck area) headaches can be chronic and common in some golfers. If doing as you’re told (keeping your head down instead of admiring your Bubba Watson shot), you can jam your upper cervical joints and sprain the sub-occipital muscles just below the skull, especially if your follow through is tense. So it’s time to add neck stretching to your pre-game AND post-game routine, and ensure that you have a relaxed follow through on your swing. Call us if your symptoms persist, as what may have originally began as a muscular issue, may now have progressed to a joint or nerve involvement. So stretch, warm up, relax, and have fun!
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