There's a reason Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy have all relied on chiropractic care throughout their careers, and it's not just for aches and pains. Golf is a game of repetitive motions. When you swing a golf club, you're putting the same unilateral torque on your spine over and over. This will take place a hundred or more times in a round of golf and your spine takes the brunt of it. Imagine going to the gym and only working one side of your body for years. Golf tends to create the same type of imbalance in your spinal column, setting many golfers up for injury.
For many amateur golfers like myself, we tend to try to hit the ball as far as we can at times. This causes us to swing way too hard and compromises our swing mechanics. Poor swing mechanics will only compound the problem and put even more stress on your spine. For a proper swing to take place you need unrestricted joint motion in your spine and pelvis, as well as proper balance in the muscles supporting the spine. This is why it's important to have a chiropractor examine your spine and the surrounding musculature to detect any restrictions and imbalances that could not only be affecting your golf swing, but also lead to injury.
Adjustments can improve your posture, increase your flexibility, allow for full range of motion and decrease your risk for injury. Try adding chiropractic to your regimen this golf season and give yourself an edge on the course.
Costa SM, et al. Effect of spinal manipulative therapy with stretching compared with stretching alone on full-swing performance of golf players: a randomized pilot trial. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. December 2009; 8(4):165-70.
Dr. Andy Johnson