Golfers And Chiropractic Therapy
It’s an unfortunate reality that back strains and golfing often go hand in hand. Of the estimated 30 million golfers in the United States, 80% have experienced some golf-related back pain. The action of a golf swing requires an unusual torsion of the musculoskeletal system, and if anything is out of alignment, it could result in an injury.
Typically, golfers deal with this pain in several different ways. One is to take over-the-counter pain killers and press on. Another is to reduce the frequency of playing, or even to just quit completely. There is a third and better way: chiropractic care.
By seeing a chiropractor routinely, golfers can avoid injuries from happening from the very start. When the body is in good condition the twists of the body from swinging the club don’t disturb the natural balance of muscles, tendons, and bones. By keeping the spine flexible and aligned with chiropractic adjustment, a golfer insures that their playing on the range or course won’t exacerbate a hidden misalignment into chronic pain.
Chronic back pain is a common complaint among many adults, the majority of whom rely on medication. In contrast, a chiropractor treats the pain by putting the offending body area back into its natural position, effectively dealing with the source of the problem and not just muting the effect. Chiropractic manipulations can manage pain and overtime it diminishes until a complete recovery is possible.
Besides pain management, chiropractic therapy can also accelerate the body’s natural healing process. Back and neck injuries have been shown to heal much faster while under chiropractic treatment. This is because the soft tissues, joints, and spine are restored to the positions they were in before injury, allowing the systems of the body to function properly again. This is rooted in a whole body perspective held by chiropractors who see the sum of the body’s parts working together in unison as a healthy ideal, rather than focusing on just one problematic area.
Golfers can also benefit from chiropractic care in increased mobility and range of motion. Being stiff or having weak supporting muscles is detrimental to good golf form and play can be seriously curtailed when the body is limited to a small area of action. In fact stiffness and muscle weakness can very well blow up into long standing chronic problems with aches and pains.
Regular chiropractic care is like maintaining a vehicle. The muscles and joints stay loose, strong, and working at optimum levels.