Golf and Sports Massage
Yes, golf IS a sport. Yes, golfers are sportsmen and sportswomen. Yes, they should consider sports massage.
Don’t believe the haters when they say, golf is not a past time. It is a legitimate sport with legitimate demands on the body. Golfers are very injury prone and these niggles can severely hamper enjoyment and performance.
We are lucky enough to work at one of the best golf facilities in The North East and we work with a lot of golfers, so we are going to feature golf in our latest blog and make the case why golfers should be coming to see us during the season!
Benefits of massage therapy for golfers
1. Injury prevention
We all know a golfer with a bad back, or knee or hip. Golf involves a lot of bending and twisting. Repeatedly. Over several hours. This alone over the course of a season can have a cumulative effect on the joints, muscles and tendons. Coming in to clinic during the season can help to prevent this build up and keep you moving well throughout the season.
2. Improve your game
Having worked with recreational and semi-professional golfers in clinic, a common finding is that often the body is not capable of doing what they are asking / being asked to do. It may be that in a lesson, the client is being asked to find a body / arm / hip position at points of the swing. Sometimes this position is not physically possible due to tightness, previous injuries etc. The good news is, these are easily found and fixed. Therefore you should find a massage improvement in your game.
3. Recover quicker
We have all felt those stiff legs and back after a game. Golf is more physically demanding than non-golfers give it credit for. The average distance walked in 18holes of golf is around 9km, sometimes with a golf bag on your back. Often up and down hills. Let alone all the extra couple kilometres looking for lost balls! A session with your friendly local massage therapist can help negate these effects meaning you are nice a fresh for the next medal, midweek bounce game or trip to the range.
4. Supercharge your warm-up/cool-down
I am going out on a limb here and I am going to say the majority of us perhaps do not do much more than a few “club behind the back” twists and half swings to get going. Probably even less at the end of the game. Well the good news is that by adding even just a couple specific exercises before and after can make a huge difference (although we would advocate something a little more comprehensive!). Coming in to see us and finding out what your “go to areas” are will mean we can keep on top of them and shave a few shots off your round.