Golf season is starting. Are you prepared to jump back into the game? Golf greats Arnold Palmer, Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson all rely on chiropractic care to keep their game in top form.
According to research published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, chiropractic care can improve your golf swing leading to overall better performance. The range of motion of the spinal joints is improved providing the golfer with and increased muscle efficiency, greater accuracy and power and less chance of injury.
It may come as no surprise that low back pain makes up over 50% of all golf injuries. The golf swing is stressful to the low back and can lead to injury when the lumbar spine is weak and tight. Good flexibility in the hips and shoulders are necessary and takes some of the stress off the spine.
Chiropractic care helps:
- Back injuries heal faster
- Prevents future injuries by keeping the pelvis, back and neck properly aligned.
- Improves performance
Early treatment of low back injuries (or any injury) is better than waiting for it to “go away”. Preventative care is the best option for optimal performance.
In addition to chiropractic care, here are four core stabilizing exercises to help get you ready to up your game:
- the cat/cow stretch
- abdominal curls
- side planks
- quadruped exercises
Many golfers reach for the aspirin or NSAIDS when the pain flares up. Keep in mind that when taken for an extended period can lead to gastrointestinal ulceration and reduced connective tissue healing.