Many pro golfers have a secret weapon on their team to keep them high up on the leaderboard: chiropractors. Data shows that 72-75% of golfers seek chiropractic care regularly.
PGA golfers like Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington have used chiropractic services to recover between events and keep them loose during tournaments.
Other pro athletes, like basketball legend Michael Jordan and seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady see chiropractors, too. Injuries and sports go hand-in-hand, but there are steps you can take to maximize performance and minimize the risk of injury.
Common Golfing Injuries & Why They Happen
Golfers are often too familiar with back pain, golfer’s elbow (tendinitis), and joint pain. The sheer amount of practice you need to hone your long game can lead to overuse, which gets exacerbated by poor swing mechanics, an improper stance, and being as flexible as a brick.
Dr. Tom LaFountain, who’s been a member of the PGA Tour Sports Medicine Staff since 1997, estimates 80 percent of golf injuries involve the lower back.
Improper practice and too much practice on the perfect swing flattens the natural s-curve of your spine. This causes your body to tighten up, deteriorate good posture, and create extra wear and tear on your wrists, elbows, hips, knees, and ankles.
How Active Health Can Help
There are many things you can do to alleviate pain and help prevent injury. Perhaps the best place you can start is with an adjustment.
Dr. Marc Weinberg and his chiropractic team are experts on biomechanics, therefore can hone an adjustment to address your golf swing. Dr. Holleman specifically performed research in biomechanics analysis of the torque produced at the hips during golf swings of patients following Total Hip Replacements.
Chiropractic methods are shown to help with decreasing inflammation and increasing range of motion. Decreasing inflammation means reducing or eliminating pain, which leads to increased range of motion and better posture. An adjustment can help improve flexibility so you can correctly perform a swing from windup to follow-through.
Even with regular adjustments, it may be recommended that you seek physical therapy to address any muscular weaknesses or recover from injury. Strong muscles help adjustments hold and protect you from further injury. Active Health is a multidisciplinary team of chiropractors and physical therapists, making complete care available all in one place.
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