With spring finally here, thousands of Canadians are breaking out their golf clubs and dusting off their tennis rackets in anticipation for warm weather activities and sports. While the health benefits involved in walking 18 holes or playing a few matches of tennis are great, we often see an increase in back pain in patients the first week the weather is nice enough to be outside and active.
Lack of stretching and poor technique are usually to blame, so don’t let your spine become a casualty of enjoying your favorite sports this spring and summer!
Swinging a tennis racket or golf club involves using the muscles of your back and arms in a way that they likely haven’t been used all winter, so stretch and warm up before going all-out. On the tennis court, mimic the moves you’ll make while playing, but do them slowly and deliberately through a full range of motion.
Unfortunately, even with the best golf and tennis techniques, spinal injuries still happen. When back or neck pain lasts more than a day or two, it’s safe to assume that it’s not just muscle tenderness or soreness and is likely due to misalignment of the vertebra. So if you, your friends or family members are experiencing pain beyond simple muscle discomfort, make an appointment with Dr. Knighton at Nottinghill Family Wellness Centre in Oakville Ontario! Don’t forget to grab some Oakville orthotics to be on the top of your game!
For help with pain or discomfort please contact your local chiropractor in Oakville at 905-827-4197.