How chiropractors can improve golfers play and reduce chance of injury
posted: Mar. 28, 2023.
Golf is known to be one of the most challenging sports in the world as it requires specific anatomical biomechanics, it requires the ability to generate force and torque with the correct sequence of your body and it is of course extremely mentally trying. Although golf is loved by many and a common summertime activity, it is also one of the most common causes of injury. That's where chiropractic care and the doctors at Gallatin Valley Chiropractic who have a background in golf can come in handy.
Chiropractic care is a holistic, safe approach to treating neuromusculoskeletal injuries and improving overall biomechanics of the body. Chiropractors are trained to assess and treat the body for any asymmetries, muscular injuries/ dysfunctions and improve overall pain and movement. It is this way that chiropractic care is a great option for golfers who want to improve their game or get out of pain so they can continue to enjoy the game.
At Gallatin Valley Chiropractic we are golf trained chiropractors who understand the game of golf and the biomechanics of the golf swing. We use a global approach to assess golfers' physical abilities and overall biomechanics, with the goal of improving overall movement's required to effectively swing a club as well as reduce the risk of injury.
Listed are the most common injuries that chiropractic care can help address with golfers:
Low back pain: Low back pain is a common complaint among golfers, due to the twisting and turning that golf requires. The chiropractors at Gallatin Valley Chiropractic will often use manual techniques such as manipulation or myofascial release to decrease pain and improve spinal mobility. We can also look at how the entire body moves, taking a more global approach to evaluate for any underlying movement discrepancies.
Shoulder injuries: The repetitive nature of the golf swing can lead to shoulder injuries such as rotator cuff strains or impingement. Chiropractors will often use soft tissue techniques such Active Release Technique or Dry Needling to help reduce inflammation and improve shoulder mobility. Shoulder injuries are commonly a secondary complaint from a lack of mobility in the thoracic spine. Chiropractors are extensively trained in testing, and treating the root cause of shoulder injuries.
Elbow injuries: Golfers are also prone to elbow injuries such as golfer's elbow or tennis elbow, again due to the repetitive nature of golf. Golfers tend to respond very well to therapies such as dry needling or active release technique, as well as performing rehabilitation exercises.
In addition to treating these injuries, the chiropractors at Gallatin Valley Chiropractic will also instruct the patients on rehabilitation exercises to help improve the symptoms and prevent them from coming back. By identifying and addressing any imbalances or weaknesses in the body, golfers can improve their overall performance and reduce the risk of injury.
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