Chiropractic care is standard for many pro golfers and increasingly for many Senior Golfers as well. Professional golfer Lori West attributes the reason she’s playing today to chiropractic. Nearly two decades ago, she began visiting a chiropractor for pain in her shoulders and neck. According to West, the care has infinitely improved her golf game.
As you look at the golf swing, in and of itself, it is quite hard on the back. As you work to perfect your swing it puts a tremendous amount of strain on your spine. This strain comes because as you swing through the golf ball, the hips stop at one point while your shoulders continue to rotate. As a Bellevue chiropractor I see this all the time in my golfing patients. The result is back pain.
Here is some golf advice from you local Bellevue chiropractor. Always spend plenty of time stretching before any golf activity, warming up your hips and shoulders. Put a club across your shoulders and lean left and right. Raise a club above your head and gently pull back to loosen the shoulders. Grab the club backwards – so if you normally swing right-handed, you’d grab it like you’d be swinging left-handed- and take 10 practice swings that way. You’re stretching different muscles and it will help you loosen up considerably. Do some gentle neck rolls and stretch’s. This helps to mobilize the shoulder girdle and take pressure off of the shoulders. Flexibility is the most important aspect of a golf game.
Balance is also a large part of a good, consistent golf game. The foundation of balance is the spine, and an unhealthy spine does not allow for proper balance. In some cases I have found that arch supports in the shoe is the key to creating a balanced spine and a balanced golf game.
As a chiropractor I care for the entire bodies of my patients, and not just their backs. If you are finding that there is a “kink” in your swing, chiropractic may be just what the swing instructor ordered!