There are several ways that chiropractors can help golfers, including spinal adjustments, preventive swing advice, rehabilitation exercises and anti-inflammatory nutrition. While spinal adjustments can reduce pain and increase spinal mobility, remember that they cannot prevent injury.
The golf swing is inherently stressful and injurious to the lumbar spine. There are exercises which will help golfers develop the rigid abdominal control neeeded to maintain pelvis and shoulder parallelization during the swing. These include cat stretch, curl-ups, isometric horizontal side support, and the quadruped track of exercises.
Golfers sometimes self-medicate with aspirin and NSAIDs to help deal with inflammation and pain. These medications are known to cause gastrointestinal ulceratation and reduce connective tissue healing. It would be wise for golfers to adopt a diet that is rich in dark green and other colorful vegetables, which are known to be sources of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids and other phyto-chemicals. Supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids, flavonoids, ginger, turmeric, boswellia and bromelain can add additional anti-inflammatory support, while glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are useful for enhancing the repair of connective tissues.
A study in the December 2009 issue of the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine has confirmed what many golfers have already discovered: Chiropractic care can improve your golf swing and, as a result, how far you can hit a golf ball.
The study on golfers at two different clubs in São Paulo, Brazil. A group of 43 golfers were divided into two random groups: One group received only a stretch program while the second group received the same stretch program in addition to chiropractic care.
After participating in just the stretching routine or chiropractic plus stretching, the participants were asked to repeat the three swing maneuvers they initially performed and measurements were taken again. This entire process was repeated for a period of four weeks over the course of the study. To maintain consistency, the study noted that the average age, handicap, and initial swing were comparable among all 43 golfers in the study.
The results were clear: After four weeks, there was no improvement in the group that only did the stretching program prior to hitting the golf balls. But among those who received four sessions of stretching AND chiropractic care, golfers showed a statistically significant improvement in their “full swing performance,” meaning that they hit the ball farther than the stretching-only group.
If you know an avid golfer that would like to get in line, let them know Dr. Dent is here to help them keep swinging with ease! Call 301-3737-3731 to set up an appointment today.showed a statistically significant improvement in their “full swing performance,” meaning that they hit the ball farther than the stretching-only group.
If you know an avid golfer that would like to get in line, let them know Dr. Dent is here to help them keep swinging with ease! Call 301-3737-3731 to set up an appointment today.