Written and Posted by Dr. Kelly Cook Ferrell
Don’t let that achy back take away from your golf swing! Golf and chiropractic care go hand in hand. Golf is meant to be fun, but most golfers experience aches and pains that can be avoided with preventative measures. Quite often, golfers may not be active until golf season approaches, but then they want their bodies to carry an extra load without proper preparation. On top of that, it is not like they just go out to golf every so often, all of the sudden, golfers are asking their bodies to perform at top notch level on almost a daily basis.
Golfers use chiropractic care to help improve and maintain their performance level. Chiropractic care is safe, effective and maximally benefits the golfer through manual adjustments as well as accompanying modalities. Adjustments help your nervous system, maximize joint mechanics and ultimately improve your overall general health.
A strong foundation in your body is extremely important for having a solid golf swing. Your pelvis is the workhorse that will create most of your power for the swing. Your lower body and pelvis create the necessary torque, while your upper body acts like a whip to rotate your shoulders. The strong pelvic foundation and flexibility throughout the thoracic spine is a necessity to ensure your ultimate swing.
Your pelvis is the weight-bearing foundation of your spine. There is a sacroiliac joint on each side of the pelvis. When either of the joints are not fully functioning, as is common in golfers, the pelvis cannot properly bear weight on that side. This condition could be painless at first, but eventually, it may include pain in that joint, the lower back or hips.
The improper movement within the SI joint will affect your golf swing. If the SI joint is weak, the golfer will not be able to smoothly complete their backswing, which will decrease the torque the body needs to generate power. This lack of torque and power can cause the ball to fade or slice and ultimately not travel the desired distance. Also, the lack of torque and power from the lower body results in the golfer putting unnecessary strain on their upper body.
Once you have addressed the foundation stability and strength, it is time to address the needed flexibility in the thoracic spine. The flexibility is a must to allow the shoulders to rotate quickly enough to create the whip like effect. Adjusting the thoracic spine will not only help with flexibility but it will improve posture and strength which helps create a more consistent golf swing.
Chiropractic care will reintroduce proper movement to the spine, improve nervous system function and allow the surrounding muscles to perform to their fullest ability. The combination of chiropractic treatment and core stability training should help you improve your game and keep you free from injury. You are only given one spine in your lifetime, so keep it healthy with adjustments and enjoy this lifelong game of golf!