Using Chiropractic To Enhance Your Golf Game

Chiropractic care is fundamental for many pro golf enthusiasts and is becoming more popular with many senior golfers. Expert golf player Lori West associates the factor she’s playing today to chiropractic. Read more here.

Almost twenty years ago, she started checking out a chiropractor for discomfort in her shoulders and neck. According to West, seeing a chiropractor has definitely improved her golf game.

While people don’t often associate golf with sports injuries, lower back strains and hip problems are among some of the most common injuries with golfers.

This is because golfers almost wholly rely on their hips for their swing. Furthermore, many golfers that participate in the sport on a recreational level pack the proper alignment and finesse of “the perfect swing.

According to Dr. Travis Ruda, chiropractic specialist and golf enthusiast:

The golf swing in and of itself aren’t favorable to having a healthy back. To have an excellent swing you develop stress in your spine. Because that’s an uncomfortable motion for your back, many golf players end up with lower back problems.

To prevent sports injuries, some stretches can be done to help prevent several common injuries.

Here are some simple suggestions to save your back next time you’re on the links:

Take the time to stretch and properly warm up.  Before your game, take the time to do some basic stretches. Extend your hamstrings and groin. Warm up your hips. Trust us, you’ll be thankful later. Be sure to do “neck rolls,” which can loosen up your neck and should muscles.

It’s really important to be mindful of warming up in the winter. Injuries in cold weather are more common when the weather is cold.

Use your golf club to do some isometrics. Put your golf club across your shoulders and lean left and right. This will help stretch your lower back and hips. You can also grab your golf club behind your back with both hands, one by your neck and the other by your hips. This stretch will help your shoulders and upper back. When stretching, hold each stretch for 20-30 seconds.

Practice your swing… slowly. Get in a position of where you would be in a swing and bend left and right.

Work on your balance. You need to have great balance if you want to strike the golf ball consistently. A healthy spinal column is vital to proper balance and posture. Proper alignment may enhance your game and improve your consistency.

Shoe inserts. Don’t forget the gel inserts! Orthopedic stabilizers for your shoes can assist enhance balance, so your swing is better. Uncomfortable shoes can cause tightening in your legs and, ultimately, your lower back. Investing in some orthopedic shoe inserts can be money well spent.

You may be wondering why you should see a chiropractor at all if these stretches can be done on your own. A chiropractor looks over your entire body structure, not just the back. This complete approach might just be the modification your body and game needs!

Chiropractic care is standard for numerous pro golfers. Clearly, there are several benefits that even the recreational golfer can benefit from.

Curious about using chiropractic to enhance your golf game? If you’re interested in scheduling a free chiropractic consultation, give Weld Family Clinic a call (970) 356-5255

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Dr. Erik and Dr. Patricia


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