It is a cool breezy day and you are with your good friends on the golf course. You are on the back nine about to sink a putt. It’s a slightly longer putt, one that requires a well calculated pendulum movement of your body. Just as you perform that artistically measured swing, your back seizes up with severe pain. The beautiful day of golf turns into an excruciating ride in the golf cart back to the clubhouse, and you limping painfully back to your car.
If you have ever strained your back during a golf game, you are not alone. It’s estimated that among the 30 million golfers in the United States, 80% have experienced some sort of back pain. These trends very likely apply to any country that has a population of avid golfers. Golf is a rapidly growing pastime throughout Asia, and Singapore is no different with beautiful golf courses scattered throughout the island.
While some golfers suffer and continue to play through the pain by taking Panadol and other painkillers, other people are forced to give up golfing altogether. There’s another way to combat the back pain and challenges caused by golfing, without drugs. It’s not a magic potion, it is called chiropractic care.
Golfers are increasingly finding chiropractic care to be an effective strategy to help them function better on the golf course and feel better fast.
Here are ‘FORE!’ ways chiropractic can help golfers feel better, get the most out of their time on the course, and elevate their golf game.
1. Prevent Injuries in the First Place
As fun as it is, swinging a golf club with some intensity creates a lot of stress to a person’s body—specifically their low back region. This forceful, twisting, one-sided motion can traumatize muscles, ligaments, discs, and joint structures of the lumbar spine and pelvis. To make matters worse, many people golf with less than optimal technique and this can further exacerbate the situation by causing an awkward torsion or jarring impact to their spinal joints.
Chiropractic adjustments are beneficial in a variety of ways, but adjustments primarily restore spinal alignment and strengthen the joint structure. Being well aligned and strong can prevent injuries from occurring in the first place.
If a person’s spine and pelvis are in proper alignment, are balanced, and have good mobility their whole body will be more resilient and stable. The negative impact and stress of a twisting golf swing will have a less of a detrimental effect and be less likely to cause strains and sprains. Core stability is important for injury prevention and starts with a healthy and aligned lumbar spine and pelvis.
Chiropractic adjustments restore balance and alignment to your spine and pelvis so you can have a strong foundation to perform from.
2. Reduce Pain and Recover Faster
Spine injuries can be extremely painful, and many people turn to pain medications for pain-management. The problem with this approach is that the resulting pain relief is often very short lived and the pain-reducing drug almost never corrects the underlying cause of the back pain.
In many cases, a person taking the drug is covering up the pain signals for a time, and continuing to do the pain causing activity (like golf)—making the overall situation worse. Without addressing the fundamental problem, the pain-relieving sensation of the drug makes the person accumulate pain over pain. This invariably leads to a massive crisis of pain and dysfunction.
Chiropractic is different.
Manual chiropractic adjustments correct the cause by physically realigning the injured spinal joints, improving movement, and reducing the stress present to the person’s nerve system. Adjustments also input critical motion into the injured joint to flush out inflammation that may be present. Inflammation is what is usually directly causing the pain and discomfort.
Many people experience significant pain-relief in a few sessions of chiropractic adjustments.
The painful, inflamed area is present for a reason and in order to feel better and recover completely we must work to correct the physical cause of the problem, not cover up the effect.
Chiropractic adjustments do just that.
3. Increased Flexibility and Mobility
Golfers who play often as well as those who only play a few times a year know that flexibility and mobility are crucial for a good golf game. Stiff joints and a weak, unstable back not only limit a golfer’s swing, but can lead to the exact types of injuries we are discussing today.
Chiropractic adjustments keep a person’s spine balanced, loose, strong, and flexible.
This prevents injuries and allows you to have great mobility as you enjoy your time on the golf course.
4. Improved Coordination and Athletic Performance
The most important benefit of having your spine adjusted by a chiropractor is that adjustments improve the performance of your brain. Adjustments improve the communication and coordination of your entire nervous system and help your whole body function better from the inside-out.
Generating the power needed to drive the ball effectively off of the tee, or having the fine muscle control and precision to sink a short-range putt requires a tremendous amount of athletic coordination. Your brain through your nervous system controls and communicates with your muscles to allow for these athletic feats. There is an amazing amount of sensory input and neurological activity that is required for even the most basic physical task, let alone a complex movement like swinging a golf club.
If your nervous system is not firing on all cylinders, efficiently contracting and activating the various muscles required to play, then you are not performing at your full potential on the golf course.
Adjustments can fine-tune and optimize the coordination of your nervous system by improving communication from your brain to your body, and from your body back to your brain.
Chiropractic Adjustments provide powerful stimulation to your brain to improve the cross communication of the two sides of your brain and to maximize the overall efficiency of neurological activity. This will lead to better athletic performance in general and a lower score on the course.
Take Your Game to the Next Level
Golfing may seem like a low impact activity, but it is important to realize the golf can cause serious injuries just like rougher sports like football and rugby. It is also a good idea to stretch before playing, stay hydrated, and avoid overexertion.
If you are a golfer, chiropractic adjustments can be a valuable tool to stay healthy and to improve your game.
Have aches and pains caused you to play less or to give up golf altogether? After you golf, do you deal with pain and stiffness? Are you wondering if chiropractic can be your secret weapon to rise above your peers on the golf course?
Chiropractic may be the answer you have been looking for.
Schedule a spinal checkup today to see if you have any problems in your spine that are affecting your performance. It all starts with a no-obligation checkup.