Backpain tips for Golfers

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Some great tips for helping golfers have a healthy back by Anthony Mazlis

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Anthony Mazlish on helping golfers have a healthy back

BELTSVILLE, Md. — Anthony Mazlish, CEO of Healthy Back provides tips to help those who suffer from back pain as well as those who want to proactively avoid back pain. Mazlish, who hurt his back jumping down from the back of a truck while moving during college, started the company in 1994 when he had trouble finding solutions to relieve his back pain. Now, he’s providing tips for back pain sufferers as well as those who lead active lifestyles and want to ensure that their backs stay healthy.

“For people who are active and have never had back pain, it’s difficult to realize the importance of proactively protecting their spine,” Mazlish said. “Once you’re hurt and you can’t do the things you love – like golf – you realize how important it is to be proactive.”

While activity can injure your spine, so can sitting at a desk for long hours or even standing for long hours. Mazlish has tips to help with both:

  1. Be consciously aware of your back
    “If you’re constantly thinking about your back, you stand less chance of an injury,” said Mazlish.

It’s easy on the golf course to get so caught up in the game that you wrench your back. While a contorted golf swing can wrench your spine, many golfers report injuries from basic activities such as carrying heavy golf clubs for a distance or over one shoulder; bending down too quickly to put the ball on the tee or retrieve it from the greens, etc.

“If you’re lifting heavy objects, you should be cautious,” Mazlish warned. “Just go slow. It’s those quick movements where you can injure or tear a muscle.”

  1. Alternate activity
    “When at home or in the office, if you’re sitting for long hours, be sure to get up and walk around. And if you’re standing for long hours, be sure to take periodic breaks to sit,” advised Mazlish.

Doing anything sedentary for a long period of time will put pressure on your spine and prohibit blood flow. This applies on the golf course as well. Try to sit for a few minutes when you are half way through the course, or do some bending exercises to stretch your spine. Squats also provide an opportunity to take pressure off of your back and use your legs.

  1. Use foot stools
    Grandma was right to have all those footstools around the house! Elevating your feet, even slightly, helps relieve stress on your lower back.

“It may sound extremely simple, but foot stools – ones that go under your desk, too – take a lot of pressure off of the spine,” said Mazlish.

  1. Refrain from lifting anything heavy—including golf clubs!
    If you do have to lift something, bend your knees and try not to put all of the pressure on your spine.

“Lift gradually,” Mazlish said, “so that you don’t suddenly force something and pull muscles. Parents should be careful when lifting their children, too.”

  1. Support your back
    “It’s important to support your back no matter where you’re sitting – in your truck, in a car, on a plane, etc.,” Mazlish stated.

Healthy Back has a variety of products including a great self-inflating portable back rest known as Travel PAL (Portable Air Lumbar). Travel PAL deflates to fit in a purse or briefcase, then self-inflates when needed. It can easily be used in the car or even in a golf cart.

  1. Check your posture
    It’s easy to get into a slouched position, especially near the end of the day. While it may feel great at the time, you risk causing stress and fatigue on muscles and vertebrae. Check your posture periodically to make sure you are standing and sitting upright. If you are driving, change your hand position on the steering wheel occasionally and move your neck around. Also, make sure your car or truck seat is in the best possible position so that your knees are slightly bent.

“Watching your posture is essential to maintaining the health of your spine,” advised Mazlish.

  1. Stretch
    Stretch your legs and your back as often as possible throughout the day. Riding puts pressure on the spine so you want to be sure to relieve it by stretching. If you can, bending over to touch your toes is simple and effective. You should try to stretch every 20-30 minutes while golfing and at least every 45 minutes to an hour when driving or during the day. Make sure you get out at least once a day and take a brisk walk.

Healthy Back carries a variety of inversion tables and Zero Gravity Recliners that help you reverse the pressure on your spine and stretch it out. Inversion tables allow you to lock in your feet and then flip the table upside down so your compressed spine can stretch out. Many golfers actually report improved scores after using an inversion table!

“Just 10-15 minutes a week on an inversion table will go a long way to maintaining a healthy spine and alleviating the pressures of riding,” said Mazlish.

Zero Gravity Recliners such as the Svago work equally well at reducing pressure on the spine. These recliners are ideal for people who are not able to do inversion therapy. The Svago, with its innovative design, is also a stylish addition to any home.

  1. Carry hot and cold packs during travel
    “Travel is tough on everyone, but it can be impossible for people with back pain,” said Mazlish.

Flying is particularly hard on your spine, especially if it is a long flight. Be sure to stretch as much as you can on the plane – do plenty of foot circles and stand up at least every 45 minutes and bend to touch your toes – but it’s hard to do much else on a plane.

If your back does begin to hurt, applying hot and cold packs can bring relief. You can bring a plastic bag or ice bag with you and ask the flight attendant to fill it with ice, or you can purchase the latest cold packs that don’t require any refrigeration or freezing. You can also bring hot wraps that are activated when opened. For long international flights or extremely long drives, it is smart to pack these and have them readily available the minute your back begins to feel tight.

  1. Take advantage of massage
    Massage is extremely important for all types of athletes, including riders. It not only improves stressed and aching muscles, it also greatly improves circulation and proactively protects muscle tissue. If you’re flying to your destination, many large airports have booths for seated massage. This is a beneficial way to kill time between flights and proactively ensure your back stays healthy. If you’re driving and your destination hotel has a spa, you can ease your sore back muscles with massage therapy.

For your massage needs at home, Healthy Back carries a variety of massage chairs that provide the luxury of an in-house masseuse. Modern massage chair technology provides massages that literally reach from head to foot.

“If you suffer from back pain, a massage chair is a must,” Mazlish stated.

  1. Exercise
    If you’re not suffering from back pain, get to the gym. Cross-training will help strengthen back muscles, increase circulation, improve cardio and will have a positive impact on your riding position. If you do have back pain, a physical therapist can provide exercises that will strengthen your back without further injury.
  2. Be cautious about jumping down or other quick exertion 
    “Don’t do what I did,” cautions Mazlish, who jumped down off of a truck and injured his back. “If you need to get down from something, carefully ease yourself off of it.”

Jumping can lead to overexertion and stress on the spine, which can cause a major injury and/or chronic pain. The key to avoiding back pain is to think before you make any quick movement that can lead to strain or worse.

  1. Find a good mattress
    Healthy Back carries a variety of top mattresses that are designed to eliminate back pain and protect the spine.

“Few people realize the damage a bad mattress can have on your spine, your sleep and your health,” said Mazlish.

For more information on inversion tables, lumbar support, footstools and other items that will help your back stay healthy, visit

About Healthy Back
Healthy Back was established in 1994 by CEO Anthony Mazlish after seeking solutions for his own back pain and realizing that were limited sources. The company, which opened its first store in Rockville, Md. in 1994, grew successfully over the years to become a national brand. Now with 10 stores throughout the Washington, D.C. region; San Diego, California and Lexington, Kentucky as well as robust e-commerce, the company is nationally known for its many healthy back solutions and products including the best selling Svago chair and a line of travel products including the Travel PAL (portable air lumbar). For more information, visit

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