How to stay fit and healthy throughout the golf season
by Emma Hellard, chiropractor
“I’ve been going to chiropractors as long as I can remember. It’s as important to my training as practising my swing” [Tiger Woods]
Golf is a game of walking, carrying, pulling, bending, crouching and twisting. The correlation between posture, tension and body movement is why every golfer should see a chiropractor to both prevent and treat injuries caused by the demands of the game. It doesn’t matter if you are a golf professional or occasional social golfer, your body will be put through its paces, even if you play every day.
The golf swing is a highly athletic movement and involves your whole body. This means you have the potential to hurt not just your back, although lower back pain is a common golf complaint, but also the neck, shoulders, wrists, elbows, knees and ankles.
If you have experienced a golf-related injury we will address it to help you obtain relief in the first instance. However we will then continue to assess you to prevent further pain. We will talk to you about your stance, your positioning and show you how to correct any bad habits – safely and effectively. Much of golf involves repetition so we make sure you’re not aggravating your body through learned bad habits or poor alignment.
Of course your injuries may not be as a result of your golf game – you might have independent postural issues that we can diagnose and correct, for instance. We believe in holistic treatment so we look at helping you as a whole and not limb by limb! Making sure you have a strong core is vital to a good swing – again, that’s something else we look at.
At Stafford Chiropractic Clinic we work with golfers regularly and understand the demands of the game, together with the frustrations you may experience when your body doesn’t respond or behave in the way you need it to, both for comfort and a great result.
Talk to us if you think you could benefit from our qualified and experienced attention – we’re not just here for back pain. It is said that every golfer benefits from regular chiropractic care, regardless of any existing pain or injury – and if it’s good enough for Tiger Woods, it’s probably something to consider.
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