How Chiropractic Helps Your Golf Game
Hitting the Golf Links? Check Your Spinal Health with Chiropractic
Nothing like a great morning on the golf course followed by a wonderful lunch at the clubhouse! But that only applies when your back is playing along with you and not against you. Because of the nature of golf, injuries can occur due to repetitive nature of the controlled movements. Not only that, but non-golf-related injuries can sometimes be aggravated by playing a round of golf. And while the game is not inherently bad for your spine, pre-existing injuries may be worsened or they can suddenly flare up before you finish the first nine holes.
Your neck, back, hips, ankles and feet are all involved in successful golf shots. Muscle spasms are the most common, followed by sore joints. Those who sit for extended periods during the week and then play golf on the weekend are more likely to aggravate existing injuries, or to injure themselves while on the course.
There are many ways your golf game may benefit from chiropractic care, including:
- Less back pain
- Increased flexibility
- Increased joint range of motion
- Better biomechanical function and therefore increased functionality
- Improved posture and form
Injury prevention through regular stretching and exercise
It is almost unanimously agreed by healthcare professionals that regular stretching and some form of exercise can help golfers and others who engage in any sporting activity to gain and maintain the flexibility and body tone necessary to avoid injuries. Spend a few minutes before your first fairway shot to limber up those cold muscles and get some blood flowing. Not only will it help your swing to be more fluid and controlled, by using some warm-up movements prior to your game, you’ll notice that your muscles and spine aren’t as sore the next morning.
Before you hit the links, do some warm-up exercises, and drink plenty of water while you’re on the course. This may help you play a better game, a more injury-free game, and may help reduce muscle pain the next day. Additionally, golf is a great sport that is enjoyed by millions of people around the world. It’s a good way to get some mild exercise, and it can add some positivity to your outlook.
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