Golf – A One-Sided Sport
Like any sport, golf comes with it a certain pattern of common injuries and dysfunctions. This is exacerbated by the nature of golf as a sport. Golf is one of the most one-sided sports there is. In sports such as football and tennis, actions are taken on both sides of the body.
In sports such as golf and cricket, actions are taken in one direction only. This means that there is a certain pattern of muscle imbalance that may become apparent with golfers. Over time, if left unchecked this imbalance would result in pain and injuries. Sports Chiropractic care can be used to assess the body, and pick up these areas of imbalance before they start causing pain and injuries. This allows the golfer to carry on training and playing, helping them achieve greater performance.
What Are The Common Injuries For Golf?
Due to the muscle imbalances mentioned earlier, golfers can become predisposed to certain injuries. One of the most common problems for golfers is back pain. This can develop during a round of golf or come on afterwards. Sometimes it’s severe enough to stop the golfer playing, or perhaps just affects the golfer’s performance. Either way a course of sports chiropractic care can help to get rid of the pain and strengthen the low back, to stop the problem from returning.
Other common golfing injuries include:
- Neck pain
- Wrist pain
- Elbow pain (golfers and tennis elbow)
- Knee pain
How Can Chiropractors Help Golfers?
Sports Chiropractic treatment can help golfers to improve their mobility, decrease their pain, decrease their risk of injury and also improve their golfing performance.
If a golfer has a stiff upper back, they wont be able to achieve an efficient turn in the golf swing. This places more stress on the low back, leaving the player prone to injury. This also reduces the players performance as they wont be able to develop as much power in the swing. Improving the mobility of the upper back would result in a more powerful, more injury-resistant golfer.
What Does Golf Chiropractor Treatment Consist Of?
Chiropractors are trained to assess, diagnose and treat problems related to the muscles and joints in the body. When we treat golfers at Pro Chiro, we pay special attention to their movement patterns, their posture and their movement limitations. These all give us clues as to what may have caused the golfer to develop the pain in the first place.
The treatment we do depends on the outcome of this assessment. Most golf chiropractor treatment we do will be a combination of spinal adjustments, soft tissue releases for tight muscles and corrective exercises to strengthen any weak areas that led to the pain developing.