Good flexibility, proper range of motion in all joints and healthy muscle tone will help you with your golf swing and help to prevent injuries. Examples of overuse injuries that can occur include strains, sprains and tendonitis commonly affecting the shoulder, inside of the elbow and the knee. The neck in constantly flexed during golf so therefore tension in the neck and shoulders is common. Swing power comes from the strength of the wrists, shoulders, hips and core muscles (abdominal and back exercises are very important to ensure a healthy season).
Some of the many benefits of massage include:
- Improvement of tissue health and decrease pain by increasing blood circulation to stiff and spasming muscles (note that proper blood flow will help maintain muscle strength).
- Maintain and improve joint health and range of motion by treating contractures in tight muscles & mobilizing affected joint capsules.
- Decrease inflammation, swelling and spasm associated with sprains, strains, bursitis and tendonitis.
- Stretch shortened muscles inflicted with overuse, especially the pecs, anterior deltoid, upper trapezius, scalenes and iliopsoas. Strengthen lengthened and weaker muscles such as posterior deltoid, mid and lower trapezius, rotator cuff and the muscle supporting your “core” such as transverse abdominus and the lumbar paraspinals.
Massage therapists use Swedish massage techniques that are complimented by non-Swedish techniques such as remedial exercises to stretch and strengthen affected muscles as well as hydrotherapy.