Friday, May 06, 2005

Back Injuries Suck

After that incoherent rant yesterday -- even I dont know where that came from -- I'd like to address a serious topic, back injuries.

Now, it seems that every golf season, right around this time, I screw my back up. I've had a nagging lower back injury since my hockey days and visited a chiropractor once a week for over a year back then to get things back in shape. Back to point at hand. It seems that after a long hibernation (winter) of playing cards, i've again pissed off my back. Sitting on a long plane trip down to texas this week did not help the situation either.

Fortunately, i've picked up a few tricks that help me get through my back pain for the most part. The only thing I can't stand is where the pain goes deep enough that it makes it hard to breathe and fortunately that's not happening now.

I hope that nobody who reads this post needs this advice, but just incase here it is.

Toast's back pain buster (aka. the way to play golf because you're too stubborn to take a few days off): *THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE YOU JACKASS SO DONT EVEN THINK ABOUT SUING ME BECAUSE YOU'VE BECOME WHEELCHAIR BOUND OR SOMETHING ELSE BAD HAPPENS - USE AT YOUR OWN RISK, YOU JACKASS*

1. Sit against the edge of a bed or chair with a hard floor surface under you. Put your legs up on the bed or chair so that your lower back is 'pressed' into the floor. I usually experience a few minutes of pain followed by everything 'evening out'. Normally I do this for a few minutes (3 or so).

2. Lie on your back on a hard surface with your knees up in the air. Simply keep your shoulders pegged to the ground and move your knees to one side. This really stretches the crap out of my back and usually gives me the chiro-crack we're so familiar with.

3. Standing position,feet shoulder width apart, turn the torso as far right as possible, then as far left as possible. Obviously, pause at your maximum either way to get that good deep stretch.

Normally this allows me to go play golf almost like normal. Unfortunately, lately my golf game is struggling as I think i'm way too upright on the backswing, and my 'correction' is overcorrecting the problem and i'm hitting the ball too flat. As my good pal at the club J. yesterday said - stop overthinking it. So i guess i'll give that a try. Right now i feel like i'm hesitant to really turn hard through the ball - and this is likely my back saying 'hey wait a second you idiot i dont want you doing that' so i'm really losing distance and accuracy as I never know what my swing will do.

Good way to shoot 88 like last weekend... hah... that's depressing. Really need to get this back happy so I can start beating the crap out of NoSkillz like usual.

At least the poker's running pretty well. Moved up to $0.50/$1 on stars for the moment, we'll see how that works out. I'm really driven to play poker lately... hmm.

1 comment:

Matt said...

Beat me like usual huh?

We are DEFINITELY playing for money from now on.

And I'll take that shot and a half that you owe me too! ;)