Your ball was off again. You check your grip; that’s not it. Maybe your club face is the wrong way? You check; nope. For some reason, you can’t match your best scores any more.
Your habits didn’t change and you can’t tell that you’re doing anything wrong. What’s going on?
Maybe it’s inflexibility that’s preventing your perfect swing. Maybe it’s a slight pain or a subconscious movement you don’t even know you’re doing. Whatever is getting you off your game, chiropractic care for golfers can increase your flexibility, reduce your risk of injury, and get you playing your best.
Read on to learn more about how to get your game better than ever.
How Chiropractors Benefit Golfers
Chiro care and golfers go hand in hand since golfers have a wide variety of body functions that need to be 100% to have their best game.
Golf isn’t just a game of strength, speed, or flexibility. It’s a game of all of those. Chiropractic care helps ensure that your body can maximize its strength, speed, and flexibility without getting injured.
When injuries are knocking at the door, chiropractors can help make sure that your body recovers fast. Specialized care can ensure that when you do heal all the way, your body is in even better condition.
Chiropractic Care For Golfers
Let’s take a deeper look at what all areas could be looked at during chiropractor visit.
It sounds a little odd to hear that going to a chiropractor makes you stronger, but read on.
Your muscles work by way of the brain sending a series of messages to different parts of the body. In a typical golf swing, your legs are getting signals, your core is getting signals, your arms and shoulders are getting signals.
All of these parts are working together to help you get the ball right where you want it and the whole thing depends on the power of your nervous system.
Chiropractic care for golfers would work by helping you align the nervous system back to how it needs to be. Your chiropractor may take some time adjusting your back, neck, hips, shoulders, and legs.
These well-adjusted limbs do a better job of receiving signals and will give you better strength, speed, and accuracy while playing golf.
Any golfer worth his or her salt knows that if you aren’t flexible, you’re missing out on power, accuracy, or both.
One of the chief ways that a visit to the chiropractor can help your flexibility is by preventing or fixing subluxation. Subluxation occurs when a part of your body (most commonly a joint or one of your vertebrae) is out of line with the other joints in your body.
At the risk of sounding obvious, they can hurt. But sometimes subluxations don’t hurt at all; instead, they reduce your flexibility, cause stiffness, and increase your risk of injury.
These types of “silent injuries” can mess up a golf game without you ever being aware that it’s happening. Even though misaligned joints are most common in the back, they can also happen in knees, shoulders, or hips.
A chiropractor can spend time with you to make sure that you aren’t suffering from a silent injury of a misalignment. Your chiropractor might do some adjusting on your back, shoulders, or hips and help you maximize your available flexibility there.
One of the big things to watch out for in golf is a back injury. Back injuries are the most common affliction for golfers and besides the game, affect almost everything in your life.
Some of this goes back to subluxation: when your joints are out of line, you are a lot more likely to get an injury. Any movement puts stress on the misaligned joints. Like a big Jenga game, putting too much stress on one misaligned side can cause the whole structure to fall down.
But in this case, you’re the structure.
A chiropractor can work with you to help you draw out your latent flexibility and hidden powers of injury prevention. You can also discuss the best way to move your equipment, lift your bag, and things to watch out for while playing.
Getting a bit of chiropractic care can help you to stay in the game longer without any aches or pains.
Since chiropractors are experts on topics such as joint laxity and ranges of motion, you can also find them to be good sources on preventative care and sports physicals.
Someone who has been injured once has a significant chance of being injured again in the future. To stave off your first significant injury (or just your next one), it’s worth asking your chiropractor to take a serious look at the areas where your body could use some work.
Ask your chiropractor about joint laxity. Joint laxity is a measure of how likely your joints are to come out of line, leading to those nasty subluxations we already discussed.
You can also ask your chiropractor about your range of motion and how you can improve it. This helps with your strength, flexibility, and prevents injury. Your chiropractor can work with you to get your range of motion to a good spot for your golf swing.
Muscular weakness or imbalance is also a good topic to cover. Imbalances can be caused by something as simple as a misaligned joint preventing full muscular capacity on one side.
Once you and your chiropractor know where your weaknesses lie, you can work together to get a program that will help you improve. This could involve measures to give your joints better health, improve your range of motion, fix imbalances, or any combination of those.
Get Your Best Game Now
Chiropractic care for golfers can help you drive the ball further, improve your range of motion and flexibility, and it can keep you from getting injured.
We want to help you have the body of your dreams that feels great and plays even better.