If you ask a golfer, he or she will tell you it is the best game ever invented. For over 150 years, golf has offered some great health benefits to those who have played. Pro players, amateur players, and the “hacker” have something in common besides the love for the game. Most will experience some form of back pain during the course of their careers.
How Chiropractic Care Could Make You a Better Golfer
Many professional golfers have undergone back surgery to try to remedy their pain. More recently, professional golfers have added Chiropractic Doctors to their healthcare teams, not only to avoid back surgery but also to get the most out of their game. If it is good for professionals, it is good for you as well!
The Link Between Golf and Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care allows the whole body to perform optimally. Swinging a golf club takes a lot of coordination between many body parts. It is amazing how many muscles are used in a round of golf. When one area of your body or one muscle is not able to perform at its optimal level, it can cause other parts of your body to overcompensate, which leads to pain.
One major issue that happens with any athlete, not just golfers, is that they go into the game with vertebral subluxations, or misalignments to the spine. When your spine is not in its proper alignment, your biomechanics are altered and your nervous system is affected, which results in the rest of your body suffering. Playing any sport with a poor spine leads to poor performance, poor posture, and more injuries.
Back Pain is the Most Common Golf Injury
According to the PGA Tour, 80% of injuries suffered through golfing are back related.
This is most likely due to the repetitive nature of golf. When a golfer swings repetitively, they are more likely to experience muscle strains. If there are spinal misalignments that are interfering with your nervous system, your altered biomechanics will have a significant impact on your golfing ability as well as your pain level. This is where chiropractic can help!
Whether you are a weekend golfer or consider yourself a pro, you need to have a spinal assessment to see if your spine is aligned and functioning properly. If you want the most out of life and golf, a properly functioning spine and nervous system are essential!
To see if chiropractic care is right for you, a consultation, examination and, if necessary, x-rays taken on-site can be performed. Based on the findings, Dr. Auger will know whether your golf game and quality of life could be improved through chiropractic care.