Dehydration – it affects golfers too!

We hear it all the time: Make sure you drink enough water! Stay hydrated! But does drinking enough water and staying hydrated really make a difference?

A recent study was done to see if there was a relationship between mild dehydration and whether or not it affects the neurophysiological function negatively while playing golf. The participants were asked to warm up and then randomly given 9,7 or 5-irons to hit balls at various designated targets. They were asked to estimate the distances and their judgement was used to assess their golf-cognitive abilities.

First, the tests were done when the participants were fully hydrated. 7 days later, they reassessed them while they were in a dehydrated state.

Results showed that when the golfers were mildly dehydrated, their motor performance significantly decreased and their judgments were consistently off as compared to when they were hydrated.

Dehydration & back pain.

Dehydration could also be linked to back pain that you may be feeling. When we are dehydrated, our muscles begin to create and collect lactic acid. This causes stiffness and soreness and when our muscles are tired and stiff, it can even pull bones out of place and cause misalignments in the spine. In fact, ninety percent of problems and symptoms can be attributed to chronic dehydration. Everything from allergies to weight control can be fixed with consuming more water.

Between each of our vertebrae lies a disc. These discs act as shock absorbers for all the movement and pressure we put on our backs every day. The disc is made primarily of water. The water in our discs are slowly squeezed out over time and during the day, gravity pulls the water out. At night when we are lying down, these discs rehydrate. When there is not enough water for the discs to rehydrate throughout the day and night, it disc becomes compromised and it cannot support the load we put on our back. This means that even the simplest of movements like flexion and extension of the back can result in pain, swelling or even ruptures and herniation’s of the disc.

If you’re thirsty, you are already dehydrated!

So, how do we stay hydrated? Back to the golfer – Research has shown that a golfer should drink about one and a half litres of water during a round. In Malaysia, 2-3 litres is recommended because of the hot and humid conditions. This is on top of the average 2 litres of water we should already be drinking per day.

At Healthworks, we see many golfing clients and have helped them improve their games tremendously – good hydration is an easy start. Feel free to come in for an appointment or catch my other articles in Golf Malaysia magazine.

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Video explainer – ViPerform lower back preview

 

DorsaVi  – ViMove Assessment

The latest in wearable sensor technology is now available at Healthworks.

Measure exactly how well you move to prevent injuries and manage your fitness progress. Contact us to book an appointment with our Physiotherapy team.

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The BackJoy ergonomic seat cushion

The BackJoy Ergonomic Seat Cushion

The BackJoy SitSmart is an innovative sitting device that naturally relieves back pain by optimising your sitting posture.

Its patented design works by tilting your hips upright and comfortably “floating” your spine over the seat. Crafted from a durable, flexible proprietary material base, it supports you in optimal posture, yet reacts to every move you make.

The Posture Plus style features a comfortable, durable material on the top that is completely weatherproof for indoor or outdoor use. It fits adults 55-125 kg.

Please contact us to find out more details, price and stock availability.

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Foam roller massager

Foam roller for muscles – deep tissue massage – trigger point therapy and myofascial release.

Improve mobility & enhance recovery – helps to increase circulation to sore and tight muscles, providing relief from pain. Perfect for myofascial release, trigger point therapy and deep tissue massage throughout the body.

Lightweight & convenient – at around 33 x 14 cm x 14 cm, this gym quality ultra-strong foam roller is long enough to effectively work muscles throughout your body, yet it’s still fairly light so you can easily carry it in your gym bag. Use your foam roller for yoga, Pilates classes or working out in the gym.

Ask about our rollers when you next drop by.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a serious, painful nerve injury that affects up to 4% of the population. CTS occurs when the median nerve, which runs down a person’s forearm to his or her hand, gets compressed in the eight bones in the wrist called the carpal tunnel.

This injury is frequently caused over time by repetitive motion and is the most expensive work-related injury. Symptoms of CTS include pain and numbness of the hand and wrist and reduction of grip strength and function of the affected hand.

While there are a variety of treatment options available to those who are afflicted with carpal tunnel syndrome up to and including surgery, chiropractic care has become a popular and effective option. New research into carpal tunnel syndrome has revealed that the pain it causes in the wrist and arm is likely just symptomatic of problems elsewhere in the body. In fact, results show that wrist and arm pain is related to misalignments of bones, ligaments, and muscles in the neck.

Four reasons why patients with carpal tunnel syndrome can benefit from chiropractic care.

  • Chiropractic care is documented to work on carpal tunnel syndrome – studies have shown strong results that back the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment on CTS. Significant improvement in several measures such as range of motion, finger sensation and pain reduction have been recorded giving patients confidence in improving their symptoms when choosing to pursue a chiropractor’s care.
  • Chiropractors provide a less invasive treatment option – chiropractic care helps minimise the surgical option as a last resort. Regular visits to a chiropractor can show positive results in the controlling and healing of many CTS symptoms.
  • Chiropractic care offers an alternative to daily doses of medicine to manage pain – If medicinal treatment is not an attractive option for you, a chiropractor appointment is the next logical step.
  • Allows patients to learn how to manage carpal tunnel syndrome – working with a chiropractor to relieve, control and heal the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome empowers the patient to be able to take ownership of managing and improving their health.

Of all the carpal tunnel syndrome treatment choices, chiropractic care offers the dual benefits of being a highly effective treatment while still employing tactics that are not as invasive as other options. If you or a loved one are suffering from this condition, give us a call. Healthworks is here to help!

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