Friday, June 27, 2014

Golf and the Benefits of Massage

Golf is a great outdoor game and one of the most popular of the summer sports. But as with all athletics proper procedure must be followed - both to improve your game and also to prevent injury. Golf requires the use of many of your body's muscles. This is particularly important to perfect your swing. Without a proper warm-up the strain on these muscles can be extreme - and extremely painful. When you swing your club, sudden stress is put on your shoulders, elbows, wrists, lower back, hips and knees.

Professional massage therapy is an excellent warm-up as it helps to loosen up rigid muscles and encourage blood flow getting muscles ready for action. Massage also helps to reduce tension and tightness in those muscles most likely to be affected by your swing. One of the most common injuries in golf occurs in the lower back area. That is because the lumbar area takes the brunt of the stress of your swing. Massage therapy is particularly effective to loosen the lumbar region. Injuries can also occur during your golf game and may result from poor swinging techniques, such as over-swinging or sudden, sharp twisting during your swing. Most of these injuries can be prevented by proper pre-game warm-up exercises. However, should an injury occur, massage therapy can be an effective treatment both to get those muscles loosened and back into shape and to alleviate the pain and discomfort.

Academy Massage wants you to be on par this summer and offers the right therapies to keep you on your game.  Last August, we explained in detail some of the options we have for helping you get back in the swing of things.    

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