HOW TO LOOK AFTER BOTH.
Today we are going to be focusing on a pretty important subject in the world of golf and health, which is the back, or in technical terms, the spinal column.
It is our supporting spine and is composed of several blocks (vertebrae) of different shapes and sizes, each with its own specific function.
We can divide the spine into three main parts: cervical, thoracic, and lumbar.
Now, let’s talk about the thoracic, which must be taken special care of if we play golf.
This area is closely related to breathing and shoulder mobility; we know that golf posture is, for most of the time, in a closed position, so we tend to lose flexibility, or in other words, we gain stiffness. Besides, this has a negative effect on the neck and shoulders.
Thus, it is necessary to work with a preventive program of physical (watch video) and respiratory exercises.
The thoracic part is related to the ribs and consequently to breathing, which is of fundamental importance for general health. Breathing must be done correctly, it’s crucial.
I would recommend using a Pilates roller, due to the fact that it’s a pretty useful tool to gain mobility.
Put your hands behind your head, open your elbows, lift your body off the floor and glide gently on the roller, breathing deeply. We stood still in case we find points of pain or stiffness, taking 3-5 deep breaths, and then sliding back on the roller. I strongly recommend doing a 10–15 min mobilization 3 times per week, to unload the spine properly.
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As I always say, «Feel better, live better»!