Golf remains one of the most popular sports in the UK, with almost 1 million keen golfers across the country. It is an enjoyable pastime that delivers many health benefits including better cardiovascular fitness, improved muscle definition and stronger bones.
However, swinging a golf club is a high-intensity action that involves a lot of power. Most golfers will swing the golf head at anywhere between 130 and 160 kilometres per hour, which places a lot of strain on the body.
Swinging a golf club also forces the body into a twisting motion where the spine must simultaneously rotate, extend and bend laterally. This combination of movements can injure the back if you are not sufficiently warmed up or have poor form.
Many keen golfers who suffer injuries on the golf course end up visiting our chiropractor in Ealing. At the Spine & Joint Centre, we provide injured golfers with a combination of chiropractic treatments, physical therapy and lifestyle adjustments to get them back on the course as soon as possible.
When our patients do get back on the golf course, many discover that their game has improved. Why? Because chiropractic treatments can have the ability to improve sporting performance in the several ways, which our Ealing chiropractor will share in this article.
Correction of misalignments
When you first visit one of our chiropractors in Ealing, they will examine your spine to identify any subluxations, or misalignments, along the spine. A subluxation can range from a minor misalignment through to a complete structural dislocation.
Subluxations can impact your health in several ways. But the most common symptoms are pain and inflammation in the spine, which can limit your range of motion — which in turn can reduce the efficiency of your golf swing.
Once you have received chiropractic care to address any spinal misalignments, you may discover that your swing is smoother and more reliable. Many golfers find that they have more control over how their club strikes the ball after receiving several weeks of chiropractic treatment.
Having back, hip or neck pain can drastically affect the quality of your golf swing. It can limit how hard you are able to hit the golf ball or reduce the accuracy of your swing. In some cases, it can limit your range of motion, which can affect the quality of your swing.
Visiting our chiropractor in Ealing can help you address any underlying musculoskeletal issues which are causing back, hip or neck pain. Our chiropractors can use a combination of chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapy and physical therapy to address many types of common issues which cause pain. Once your pain and inflammation levels have subsided, you may find that you have better form and a smoother stroke.
When you watch a professional golfer take a shot, they will always look firmly planted to the ground. That’s because they have excellent balance, which gives them stability and more control over their movements.
A chiropractor can help you improveme the alignment of your spine, which can lead to improved balance and stability. Having a well-aligned spine and improved balance also reduces the wear-and-tear on muscles, ligaments and discs.
One of the most important benefits of having a correctly adjusted musculoskeletal system is that it allows your joints and muscles to work efficiently. With this additional efficiency may come an increase in power. This additional power can be very useful for golfers as it may lead to an extra 5 or 10 metres on your drive.
Reduced risk of injury
Many people find that chiropractic care improves their range of motion and flexibility. This can be useful for golfers, as it can reduce the risk of injury during a golf stroke or when bending to pick up a ball.
Physical fitness tips
Our chiropractors can also help you improve your physical fitness by providing nutrition, workout and lifestyle advice. The improvements gained by these changes can make you feel stronger and more confident on the golf course.
How Chiropractic Care Worked For Tiger Woods
As the old saying goes — the proof is in the pudding. In this case, the pudding is none other than Tiger Woods, one of the world’s leading golfers.
Like most PGA Tour professionals, Tiger often sees a chiropractor. However, he has been regularly seeing chiropractors over a much longer period than most other PGA Tour golfers, starting at the tender age of 17.
How much does Tiger think chiropractic helps his golf swing? Well, he was once quoted as saying: “Being a chiropractic patient has really helped me a lot. It‘s as important as practicing my swing.”
If you are interested in learning more how chiropractic can help you improve your golf game, contact the Spine & Joint Centre on 020 8900 9004 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.