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Why Golfers Should See a Chiropractor
In 2019, 34.2 million people in the US played golf. Of these, 2.5 million played the sport for the first time. That's 100,000 more first-timers than in 2000, the year when Tiger Woods' popularity soared.
All these stats prove that golf is now one of the most well-liked sports in the US.
The thing is, while golf is a low-impact sport, it can still cause injuries. From 1990 to 2011, for instance, over 660,000 people had to seek emergency treatment for golf injuries.
This is why golfers should seek chiropractic care. Regular chiropractic care not only treats and prevents injuries. It's also a good way to improve your golf.
The Swing: The Most Common Source of Golf Injuries
Every golf swing places a lot of compression load on the spine. Studies found that this force can be at least eight times a person's body weight. That's like having eight people on your back every time you swing that golf club!
Over time, all that force placed on your spine can make it go out of its proper alignment. This then overworks all the muscles, joints, and ligaments connected to it. It's because of this extra strain that give rise to painful golf injuries.
All the Good Reasons Why Golfers Should See a Chiropractor
You don't have to have a golf injury to see a chiropractor. You can go to one so that you can lower your risk of injuries, as the majority of golfers will experience a golf-related injury at some point.
“About 80% of golfers will experience lower back pain,” says to Dr. Cody Fowler from Symmetry Sports Therapy, “and we know the key to every golfer’s heart is not having to stop playing golf. Chiropractic care has a long history of proving to have better long term outcomes in pain management than over the counter meds or surgery.” To keep golfers playing the sport, chiropractors are diligent in reducing the risk of their patients having an injury as well as treat common golf injuries.
To Keep Injuries At Bay
Keep in mind that the spinal cord starts below the brain stem and tapers off in the lower back. So, if anything goes wrong with the spine, many parts of your body will also get affected. Aside from your back, this can also include your neck, wrist, shoulder, and even elbow.
Regular chiropractic treatment and care can keep the spine from becoming misaligned. Chiropractic doctors use techniques, such as adjustments, active release technique, movement screening, and range of motion to achieve this goal.
With a properly aligned spine, you can lower your risk of developing "extra tension" in your back. This, in turn, helps prevent injuries that your golf swings can cause.
To Treat Existing Injuries
Dr. Cody Fowler breaks golf injuries into two tiers of players, the first tier being avid, professional golfers, and the second tier being recreational golfers. Dr. Fowler explains, “for avid golfers, we see repetitive stress injuries from the sport being really one-sided. We work on muscular balance and movement assessments to find asymmetries in the body and address them before they become an overuse injury.”
The second tier of golfers is recreational golfers, the weekend warriors who make it to the course a few times per month. Dr. Fowler says, “for recreational golfers, we see that their bodies aren’t prepared to take the capacity of a golf swing, so we work on movement assessments and treatments to increase their mobility and make sure their body can accommodate the patters of the golf swing.”
Having the functional capacity and proper range of motion to support your swing is essential to treating and reducing further injuries.
Improve Your Game and Health With Chiropractic Care
Access to holistic treatment is one of the reasons why golfers should see a chiropractor. However, keeping injuries at bay is an even better, smarter reason. With regular chiropractic care, you can always be at your best during every round you play.
Plus, chiropractic adjustments can also help boost blood flow. This brings more oxygen to your muscles, making them less prone to injuries.
Ready to play better and live healthier? Then please feel free to get in touch with us now! We'll be happy to answer any questions you have about chiropractic care.