Since a chiropractor has been trained to specifically treat the whole neuromusculoskeletal system, it allows them to be able to help golfers with reducing the amount of strain and stress that is put on their bodies. A lot of stress is placed on the lower back by the torque of the standard golf swing, however, there are other parts of the body that may affect your golf game as well. Range of motion problems or pain in your wrists, knees, elbows, or shoulders definitely will affect your golf swing and inflate your score.
Chiropractic treatment can get your body back in alignment, improve blood flow to critical muscles, and remove joint restrictions. When your mobility is not hindered at all and you are free of pain, you will be able to swing freely and get back to focusing on your golf game.
It All Starts With You
Although receiving chiropractic care can help to improve your golf game, taking steps that will help yourself can help you improve it even more. Get to the golf course early and do some warm-up stretches and take some light swings prior to your game. Whether or not you hit balls on the practice range, it is key to loosen up and stretch. You will also want to do light stretches following your round of golf to keep your muscles lengthened and loose.
It is easy to become dehydrated while on the golf course. Also, not drinking enough fluids also may set the stage for injuries such as a strained muscle. Be sure to drink plenty of water before you play golf as well as during and after, especially in hot weather. If you walk the golf course while playing, pull your bag instead of carrying it. If you carry a heavy golf bag over an 18-hole golf course it can irritate nerves and cause disc problems.
Do not wear metal spikes while you are playing. They can potentially get stuck in the ground while you are in the middle of your swing, which can cause a serious back or knee injury. If your golf swing is causing you some pain in any part of your body, have Dr. Bryan Matthisen or Dr. Barry Matthisen perform movement assessments to determine where your dysfunction lies.
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