You Know There's a Chiropractor at the US Open

By Dr. Molly Casey

Chiropractic for Mowing the Lawn

Golf and summer go hand in hand. Do you think it’s any coincidence that the United States Open Championship -- one of the PGA’s four Grand Slam events -- is in the middle of June? But golf isn’t a sport that’s just for watching. Many will be glued to their TV sets to see if Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy or Jordan Spieth can tame Shinnecock Hills (N.Y.) Golf Club, but many pursue their own weekly battles on the links, trying to conquer par at the local course while envisioning themselves as a young Tiger Woods. Or an old Jack Nicklaus.

How can you prepare for the best season of golfing yet and at the same time decrease your chances of injury? If you need an ace like the pros, chiropractic is it.

The Golf Swing

It starts and ends with the swing, right? I mean, that’s the actual motion of the sport. But what does the swing require? The swing requires proper biomechanics, which means proper muscle activation and the proper time and appropriate amounts of power and force elicited at the right time.

Biomechanics

Proper biomechanics is dependent upon the structure, which is the body. It’s illogical to think an optimal swing will result from a structure that is misaligned and moving improperly through basic ranges of motion in its non-performance (normal) state.

If Step 1 is to improve one’s swing, the body needs assessed for proper alignment and full range of motion outside of the actual sporting event. A proper biomechanical assessment done by an expert (a chiropractor) is a game changer. When the body’s ability to move overall with the most basic actions is improved, any action in higher level performance benefits as well. Improve the foundation and improve the results in every area.

Power/Force

Anyway you cut it, power and force are required at some point in the game. Power and force come from a number of things. Proper muscle activation is required, which is dependent upon appropriate electrical impulses and communication between the brain and the rest of the body. This requires optimal nervous system functioning.

Poor communication system functioning equals muscles that are sluggish and sometimes even inactive. Sluggish response time with muscles and or difficulty in recruiting the full power of the muscle not only decreases the action of the muscle, but also affects the function of muscles its works with and against. Ultimately, this impacts your golf game!

Chiropractic and Golf

Chiropractic deals with the communication system and the biomechanics of the body. If you’re looking to improve your golf game before you even get out on the course, go to your local chiropractor.

The brain communicates with the entirety of your body through the nervous system. When the biomechanics of the spine are off and not functioning optimally, the nervous system is negatively affected. Through assessment of how your spine moves, the correction of any “misalignments” or stuck joints in the spine may improve your golf game and your overall health as well!

So enjoy the U.S. Open, and engage chiropractic so you can enjoy getting the most out of your own golf game.

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