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Getting your swing back (on all levels)

Whether you’re playing for the sake of having fun and blowing off some steam, or if you’re a regular or pursue this as a professional, you know how great a game of golf is.

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The golf swing is a very athletic movement that involves the whole body, therefore, injuries can happen to almost any structure of the body.  One of the most common symptoms from injuries in golf is lower back pain. It is the highest, most frequently occurring problem for any golfer including professional golfers. This is followed by a number of other symptoms in other areas such as the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees and ankles.

The average golfer will log anywhere from 50 to 100 swift, intense swings at 80-100 miles per hour just while playing 18 holes. During these swings, the entire back is involved, as well as the whole upper body (arms, shoulders, hands, wrists, elbows). Incorrect overall posture and body mechanics, poor swing form and muscle inflexibility are the three main causes of golf injury

 

So how could Chiropractic help?

Back Pain

Golf requires a fixed footing position, leading to the majority of the rotation occurring in the lower extremities and the lower back.  Golf requires a fixed footing position, leading to the majority of the rotation occurring in the lower extremities and the lower back.  Adjustment, trigger-point therapy and Thompson-drop technique are just a few examples of techniques used by the chiropractor to treat a back injury in order to ensure that balance is restored within the spine.

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Muscle Pulls.

Chiropractic care for pulled muscles can realign the spine and posture of the golfer to prevent the pulled muscle from becoming more aggravated and to keep the patient from overcompensating for the pain and transferring the problem to another area.  Cold packs, acupuncture, and assignment of exercises and stretching specifically addressing the injured or overcompensated area may also be used by the chiropractor for the healing and treatment of the pulled muscle.

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Knee/Thigh Injury

Chiropractic care of an injured golfer’s knee will begin with an assessment of the bio-mechanics of the individual, and the elimination of deferred pain from another part of the body to the knee and thigh area prior to looking at the surrounding muscles, ligaments and tendons.  Reduction of inflammation and aggravation to the area must happen first and likely entails decreased activity and with modalities like ice and kineseo taping.  The last step in addressing an injured knee is the strengthening and flexibility of the weakened muscle or joint and taking steps to alter the patterns of behavior that caused the injury in the first place.

What is kineseo taping? :

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Hip and Pelvis Injury

Hip strain can result from the violent twisting motion of the torso with planted feet, which is the definition of the golf swing.  Many of the hip and pelvic injuries seen by chiropractors are best resolved with the dreaded “time off” from the game.  Support and stabilization of the muscles and hip joint happen initially and the chiropractic treatment may extend to a rehabilitation treatment plan including physiotherapy, exercises and an at home training plan with appropriate stretches, an orthotic assessment with the suitable in-shoe soles to correct posture and balance.