Did you know an extreme amount of compressive force – up to 10 times a person’s body weight – is exerted on the spine during each golf swing? Couple this motion with a bent-over stance, repeat 120 times over three or four hours, add the fatigue that comes with several miles of walking, and you’ve got a good workout—and a recipe for potential low back pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, and rib pain.
Why is chiropractic so impactful to golfers?
In the sport of golf, elbow pain is a common complaint among amateurs due to the lack of golf-specific flexibility. Many amateurs bend their elbow during the backswing, then hyperextend the elbow during the downswing. For professionals, wrist injuries are prevalent, as players have to hit the ball where it lies, often out of deep and difficult terrain.
Another common complaint is back pain, the result of an inefficient golf swing that creates too much stress on the back. In a recent statistic, four out of five golfers experience back pain as a result of repetitive swinging. Regular chiropractic care helps alleviate back pain and greatly improves an athlete’s game. Neck, shoulder, elbow and hip pain are also frequent complaints among golfers of all ages. Chiropractic care is an effective non-pharmacologic solution for golfers who seek to rid themselves of pain and have a successful and enjoyable game.
Golfers need chiropractors on their team
Pro golfer Jordan Spieth calls golf a team sport – referring to the contributions made by his caddie, coach, trainer and manager, and sports chiropractor. Spieth has received chiropractic care since he was 14 to prevent injuries and optimize overall health and athletic performance. In fact, most PGA professionals are under chiropractic care and there are chiropractors at all of the PGA events for the golf pros to use if needed.
Improve your golf game
At Olatunji Chiropractic in Arlington Heights, the golfers Dr. Olatunji treats receive individualized chiropractic care plans, including prevention and recovery-focused techniques which are essential for maintaining good health, playing pain-free, and gaining that competitive edge. We know that if you can improve your golf-specific flexibility and golf-specific stability through consistent chiropractic care, you can become a more powerful and more consistent golfer.
Chiropractic care can be beneficial for golfers in several ways. Here are a few ways chiropractic care can help improve golf performance:
1. Improving flexibility: Chiropractors can help increase range of motion and flexibility in the spine, hips, and shoulders. This can help golfers achieve a better swing and more power in their shots.
2. Reducing pain: Golfers often suffer from back or neck pain due to the repetitive motion and twisting involved in the sport. Chiropractors can help alleviate this pain through manual adjustments and other techniques.
3. Enhancing balance and coordination: Chiropractors can help improve a golfer’s balance and coordination, which is essential for good golf performance.
4. Preventing injuries: Regular chiropractic adjustments can help prevent injuries in golfers by keeping the spine and joints aligned and healthy.
Overall, chiropractic care can be a valuable tool for golfers looking to improve their performance and prevent injuries.
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