Doctors of chiropractic are trained and licensed to treat the entire neuromusculoskeletal system. Doctors of chiropractic have specialized training and can provide advice for golfers to help them decrease the stresses and strains placed on their bodies. You have to have good balance if you want to hit the golf ball consistently. A healthy spine is paramount to proper balance and posture. Improve your balance and you will improve your consistency.
Chiropractors can address other health concerns, such as shoulder, knee, arm and wrist pain that could affect your game. If you golf consistently, you will no doubt feel the stress of the game, but by following a few simple prevention tips and keeping your spine aligned and balanced, it is possible to play without pain for a lifetime.
Warm up before each round. Stretching before and after 18 holes is the best way to reduce post-game stiffness and soreness. Take a brisk walk to get blood flowing to the muscles; then do a set of stretches. To set up a stretching and/or exercise routine, see a doctor of chiropractic or golf pro who can evaluate your areas of tension and flexibility.
Here are some basic stretches;
· Stretch out hamstrings and groin area.
· Put a club across your shoulders and lean left and right.
· Get in a position of where you would be in a swing and bend left and right.
· Grab a club behind your back and raise it up, stretching your shoulder muscles.
· Grab the club backwards so if you normally swing right-handed, you’d grab it like you’d be swinging left-handed- and take 10 practice swings that way. You re stretching different muscles and it will help you loosen up considerably.
· You can do neck stretches if it is tight. Stiff neck muscles inhibit the rest of the body from turning freely.
Keep your entire body involved. Every third hole, take a few practice swings with the opposite hand to keep your muscles balanced and even out stress on the back.
Anything that helps with flexibility eventually helps with your game. As you get older, your swing naturally shortens since the muscles aren’t as supple. Flexibility is very important for older golfers.
Take lessons. Learning proper swing technique is critical. At the end of the swing, you want to be standing up straight; the back should not be twisted.
Wear orthotics stabilizers in your shoes. These custom-made shoe inserts support the arch, absorb shock, and increase coordination. "Studies show custom-made, flexible orthotics can improve the entire body's balance, stability and coordination, which translates into a smoother swing and reduced fatigue. While the upper part of a shoe may score style points, what the foot rests on affects your game.
Avoid metal spikes. They tear up greens and can increase stress on the back. Soft shoes or soft spikes allow for greater motion.
Pull, don't carry, your golf bag. Carrying a heavy bag for 18 holes can cause the spine to shrink, leading to disk problems and nerve irritation. If you prefer to ride in a cart, alternate riding and walking every other hole-bouncing around in a cart can also be hard on the spine.
Take the "drop." One bad swing-striking a root or a rock with your club-can damage a wrist. If unsure whether you can get a clean swing, take the drop.
Be kind to your spine! It's always wise to have a Doctor of Chiropractic examine your spine to make sure that it is up to all strenuous physical activities, especially the rigors of golf.