Picture this: You’re on the back nine about to sink a putt, the sun shining on your face and a warm breeze on your back. Unfortunately, your normally effortless stroke is interrupted as a wave of painful spasms hit your back. On every swing, your back seizes up with severe pain, and what was supposed to be a relaxing day of golf turns into an embarrassing golf cart ride back to the clubhouse as you painfully limp to your car. Luckily, you’re not alone in straining your back during a round of golf. Around 80% of the 30 million golfers in the United States have experienced some kind of back pain. Constant, repetitive motions like swinging at golf balls can put your body into an extremely awkward position and open up the opportunity for injury. If you don’t want to be popping pain pills just to hit the green, and don’t want to slow down your swing, there’s another totally holistic solution: Chiropractic care.

How Chiropractic Care Can Boost Your Game

Chiropractic care has always been popular with the pros, but more and more amateur golfers are going to the chiropractor to deal with back injuries. Not only do quality chiropractic sessions help align your body and manage pain, it can also improve your game and lower your score. Golfing has a lot of strenuous, repetitive motions, which can strain your muscles and back. Chiropractors are specifically trained to treat the entire neuromusculoskeletal system, and through chiropractic adjustments can realign your body and reduce the amount of strain and stress placed on your body. The lower back and other parts of your body undergo a lot of stress from the torque of a standard golf swing. Pain and a lowered range of motion in your elbows, shoulders, knees, or wrists will affect your swing and lead to inflated scores.

Chiropractic treatment can realign your entire body,improve blood flow to vital muscles, and get rid of nerve compression to clear the way for optimal bodily function. Without any pain or hindrances to your mobility, you can swing freely and focus on your game.

Take Steps Now

Chiropractic care can help set you up for a successful golf game, but it doesn’t mean that’s all you need to do. Taking steps to help yourself and your own health will improve your golf game (and your overall quality of life). When you get to the course, try to stretch and practice some light swings before you really begin your game. Between each round, perform some light stretches to keep your muscles loose and lengthened. You should also remember to stay hydrated; it can get hot out on the field, and dehydration can set the stage for muscle injury. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after playing golf, especially if the sun is out.

Other Actionable Steps:

  • Avoid carrying a heavy golf bag and pull it instead. Carrying a heavy bag over 18 holes can irritate nerves and exacerbate disc problems
  • Avoid wearing metal spikes when you practice. They can get stuck in the ground when you swing and result in a serious back or knee injury.

Contact Us Today

Let us help your back pain and your golf pain. Call Coastal Chiropractic to schedule an appointment today.