Athletic & Sports Injury Relief
Most articles on fitness, when discussing routines and exercises will recommend consulting a doctor first. That isn’t just good advice, it’s a recognition of the fact that exercise, done improperly, can be harmful and sometimes you can’t get everything you need to know with a few web searches.
Avoiding injury is primary in developing any workout routine. Mild discomfort is normal, especially when beginning or after a long period of inactivity. But pain is a signal that something is wrong. It could just be improper technique, or it may be something more serious.
Since chiropractors care for your body structure overall, not just the back, if your muscles are feeling out of sync, chiropractic may be the just the adjustment your body and game needs. We can help you find out the cause of your pain and treat it. If your not in pain and are looking to prevent an injury from happening, we can help develop a routine that avoids it in the first place.
Chiropractic Advice for Golfers:
The golf swing in and of itself isn’t conducive to having a healthy back. To have a good swing you create tension in your spine. (this enables you to get good distance). The tension comes from the hips stopping and the shoulders continuing to rotate. Basically, you make a coil. You’re uncoiling when you start your downswing. Since that’s an awkward movement for your back, many golfers end up with lower back problems.
Injury Prevention Tips:
- Before your game, do some basic stretches. Stretch out hamstrings and groin area.
- Put a club across your shoulders and lean left and right.
- Get in a position of where you would be in a swing and bend left and right.
- Grab a club behind your back and raise it up, stretching your shoulder muscles.
- Grab the club backwards – so if you normally swing right-handed, you’d grab it like you’d be swinging left-handed- and take 10 practice swings that way. You’re stretching different muscles and it will help you loosen up considerably.
- You can do neck stretches if it’s tight. Stiff neck muscles inhibit the rest of the body from turning freely.
- Golfer’s elbow is a painful condition in which your arm bone becomes sore and tender. Chiropractors can adjust the over-rotated bone.
- Orthodic stabilizers for your shoes can help improve balance so your swing is better.
- Anything that helps with flexibility eventually helps with your game. As you get older, your swing naturally shortens since the muscles aren’t as supple. Flexibility is very important for older golfers.
- You have to have good balance if you want to hit the golf ball consistently. A healthy spine is paramount to proper balance and posture. Improve your balance and you’ll improve your consistency.
- During the winter, work on stretching the muscles of the arms, shoulders and back.