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Issue: August 2008

In This Issue:
Get in the Game without the Pain
The Heart Meridian
Now Available - Klean Kanteen® Stainless Steel Water Bottles


Get in the Game without the Pain

carole smithDr. Carole Smith, B.A., DC

When you consider the spinal rotation that goes into a golf swing and the fact that the speed of the club can reach 160 km/hour, it’s easy to understand that golf puts significant biomechanical stress on the body. Back pain and golfer’s elbow are 2 very common injuries suffered by golfers.

Here are some tips to help improve your game and prevent the pain.

1. Every golfer should include strength-training exercises in their routine. Strengthening all major muscle groups is essential to maximizing your performance. Core body strength and flexibility helps breathing and oxygen flow, as well as preventing injury to your back. Muscle is also an important shock absorber that helps prevent strains and sprains.

2. Warm-up and cool-down both before and after your game for a full 20 minutes. Include gentle stretching and range of motion exercises, as well as a brisk walk or gentle jog to loosen the muscles and joints.

3. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids before, during and after your game. Sorry, beer does not count. Remember that once you are thirsty, you are already starting to dehydrate. Dehydration affects your energy level and your physical functioning.

4. Use a wheeled golf cart for carrying heavy clubs. If you must carry your golf bag, use both shoulders straps. This will spread the weight across a greater area. If there is only one strap, alternate sides frequently. If you find that your bag is getting too heavy, put it down and take a break.

5. When wheeling your golf cart, push rather than pull.

6. Golf requires long periods of standing. Frequently alternate your weight from one foot to the other or rest one of them on your golf bag or cart.

7. Take care of your feet! Make sure you have the proper shoes for your type of feet. Golf shoes with short cleats are the best. If you are getting pain in your feet, knees or low back, you may be a candidate for orthotics to wear with your golf shoes.

8. Use the right technique for your physical capacity and limits. Adopting a golf swing based on your physical and biomechanical capacity is important. Amateurs are usually better off adopting a classic golf swing, which enables the hips to turn nearly as much as the shoulders to minimize spinal twisting. If in doubt, consult a golf pro.

9. Lastly, have fun. The right attitude is good for your performance and your overall health!

Preventing shoulder injuries

Shoulder injuries in golfers are common due to the repetitive nature of the swing. To reduce shoulder pain, try these two tips.

• Shorten the backswing slightly. Instead of ending the club head at the 3 o’clock position, stop at the 1 o’clock position.
• Strengthen your shoulder, scapular, chest , and back muscles. Your chest and back muscles are large and generate the power in the swing.

Preventing elbow, wrist and hand injuries

• Select larger and softer club grips and use a neutral grip.
• Select irons with large heads and graphite shafts to lessen vibration.
• Select the correct club length.
• Strengthen your forearm muscles.

Chiropractors can help prevent backpack problems by showing you golf exercises and stretches. Should you suffer an injury from golf, a chiropractor can also provide treatment for your pain. 80 per cent of Canadians will suffer from back pain in their lifetime. If required, a chiropractor can treat your pain through a variety of methods. These can include: spinal and joint adjustment, acupuncture, soft tissue therapy and therapeutic exercises.

Please call us at 905.465.4595 for more information
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The Heart Meridian

Andrea Antaya, RMT, Dipl. S.T.

Andrea Antaya RMTIn the summertime, the energy of the Heart flourishes and is at its strongest. The Heart energy can express itself as new growth in life, a feeling of lightness, mental clarity, calmness, feeling cheerful, optimistic and keeps us active and enjoying outside activities and nature. What better time to enjoy these feelings than on a great summer day!

If the Heart energy is unbalanced one may feel scattered, depressed, have a lack of mental clarity, feel restless or mental fatigue, become oversensitive and even experience a lack of laughter or a tendency to stammer when speaking. To maintain or help balance the Heart energy find an activity that helps you express yourself creatively:

• Read up on plants and trees in your area and try finding them next time you are outside.
• Try drawing or take a trip to an art supply store. The possibilities are endless!

Make sure to get out and enjoy this weather. Taking a walk in the evening is great for clearing the mind and gets you ready for a good nights rest.
Include 10 minutes of meditation or breathing exercises into your daily routine.

Eat locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables that are light and tasty this time of year in Ontario (especially those bitter greens that support the Heart energy such as mustard and dandelion).

And remember, the calming and beneficial effects of massage and movement of energy with Shiatsu!

Please call us at 905.465.4595 for more information
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