Many major sports organizations contract chiropractors to help keep athletes healthy. The PGA is among them. Many professional golfers swear by their chiropractic treatment. A young Tiger Woods once said, “Being a chiropractic patient has really helped me a lot. When I was in a growth spurt, my back became very sore and I was weak. My chiropractor really helped me. Not only did he adjust my spine, he also gave me strengthening exercises to do. If you are tall and gangly, like I am, or play sports, I would recommend chiropractic. It’s as important to my game as practicing my swing!”
Take it from one of the most prolific golfers of our time, there is a lot to be gained from chiropractic treatment, especially for those involved in such a physically impactful sport as golf. The nature of a golf stance and swing lends itself to injury. It’s a very precise science to be sure, but it is also one that can quickly take a toll on the back, shoulders, hips, knees, and more. So while Cole Hammer, the 15 year-old phenom, can ride his youthful exuberance through the links style track in the Pacific Northwest this weekend at the U.S. Open, his caddy (and dad) may feel it in one, if not all of those areas; but what a Father’s Day gift! So, just as you as you’d remember your wedge on the side of the green, remember a chiropractor can help protect these areas and allow golfers to maintain a full range of motion.
The mobility required to swing a golf club can be structurally difficult to maintain. If just one muscle, nerve, or vertebrae along the spine fails to do its job optimally, the rest must work that much harder to compensate. Over time, multiple areas will begin to fail, pain and stiffness will increase, and the game will suffer. In severe cases, arthritis may set in prematurely.
How Does Chiropractic Help Golfers?
If an injury exists, a chiropractor will begin with an evaluation to assess the form and location of the problem. Among the most common golf-related injuries are those impacting the back, neck and shoulders. In any of these cases, chiropractic therapy offers an excellent prognosis. Adjustments can relieve pressure on nerves and soft tissue by restoring proper alignment of the spine, alleviating any areas of compression, and allowing diffusion of oxygen and water to the damaged areas.
In addition to traditional adjustments, other modalities used by chiropractors can also prove helpful. Spinal decompression, massage, stretching and strength exercises, and acupuncture can all have a very powerful, positive impact on the spine and the healing process. In many cases, it may be recommended to use multiple therapies in conjunction with one another for optimal results.
Watching the U.S. Open and feeling the warmer weather may put you back into golf mode. It’s a great time to get in a round or two during the weekend or evenings, but golfers are extremely susceptible to injury, especially those affecting the back. Keep your body protected and ensure your ability to get out on the course. Choose chiropractic to help prevent or treat injury. You’ll likely even notice an improvement in your game afterward.
For golfers in Gastonia or Belmont, SouthEast Chiropractic: The Motion Centers has you covered. Simply click here to request an appointment at any of our clinics, and let our team make this season the best yet.