How to use The Abacus® and self-care massage to relieve pain and condition for constant play.
Any injury can be devastating for a golfer, but for a professional it can impact their earning potential.
With tournament season well underway and the U.S. Open Championship running June 10 – 16 at Pebble Beach, the pros should consider practicing self-care, especially with millions of dollars in prize money at stake.
Here are 5 top injuries that plague golfers and can affect tournament play.
1. Tennis Elbow / Golfer's Elbow - Tennis elbow is an inflammation, soreness, or pain on the outside of the upper arm near the elbow. Golfer's elbow is an inflammation, soreness or pain on the inside of the upper arm near the elbow. Tennis elbow is actually more common among golfers than golfer's elbow.
Symptoms: Pain and tenderness on outer side of left elbow (tennis elbow) and inner side of right elbow (golfer's elbow). Pain may be greatest at the top of the backswing and at impact.
2. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a repetitive stress disorder that occurs in the nerves of the hands. At its worst, carpal tunnel is extremely painful and sometimes incapacitating.
Symptoms: Numbness and tingling of the fingers (particularly at night), hand weakness and clumsiness.
3. DeQuervain's Tendinitis - DeQuervain's causes pain in the wrist near the base of the thumb, and is caused by an inflammation in the tendons that control the thumb.
Symptoms: Pain, swelling, and tenderness at the wrist near the base of the thumb. Pain typically occurs at the left wrist at the top of the backswing.
4. Trigger Finger - Trigger finger can cause a finger or fingers to lock up. The condition is caused when the flexor tendon sheath, through which the finger tendons run, is inhibited.
Symptoms: Painful locking and snapping of the finger.
5. Wrist Impaction Syndrome - Impaction syndromes of the wrist are caused when the bones of the wrist bang into one another due to excess or repetitive movements.
Symptoms: Pain and tenderness on the top of the wrist, usually on the right side at the top of the backswing.
The Gelliflex® Abacus® is designed to assist with prevention and post injury self- care. With the ease of your whole body in mind, the Gelliflex® Abacus® supports the movement, comfort and function of your hands and arms. This exceptionally versatile gel-ball self-massage tool provides therapeutic techniques for your fingers, thumbs, hands, wrists, forearms, elbows and upper arms. Self-massage is an effective way to relieve excess stress and reduce any muscle soreness produced from repetitive play.
With the 1000’s of different combinations, the Abacus® is one of the most versatile tools a golfer can use to affect play. From strengthening finger drills to wrist rolls and arm compressions, this massage device is designed to help keep one's body in top shape.
We suggest you take a look at our How To Videos to see the best way to utilize this multi-faceted device.
For more information on how the Abacus® can provide self-care relief for golfers, please our Golfer's Page.