Why Chiropractic Care is Good for Golfers
Golf is an excellent hobby for those residing in and around Fort Myers, FL. While golf can provide numerous health benefits to the players, it can also be the culprit for pain and injury. However, chiropractic care is an excellent solution to increase flexibility, mobility, overall health, and ultimately your game of golf. Let’s take a look at some of the most common injuries experienced among golfers and how they can avoid them. Then you can give Teachout Chiropractic a call, or stop in our office to make an appointment!
Hip joints not only deal with significant loading stresses they are also large. In the game of golf, hip joints endure significant rotational and pivoting movements. The motion of extension/flexion and adduction require a great deal of control. This control requires proper muscle firing and adequate gluteal and adductor muscle strength. These are decreased for those who sit for extended periods of time, such as an office worker who happens to also love golf.
Regular chiropractic care for both the hip joints and spine provide optimal range of motion for the hip joints and spine, providing weekend or avid golfers with the greatest chance of avoiding hip injury while participating in their favorite game.
Repetitive Motion Injuries
Many golfing injuries are due to repetitive motions. In fact, neck pain can be the result of neck spasms for new golfers. Full rotation moves that require the neck to stabilize, not common in activities of daily living but are common in golf makes the neck muscle rigid and spasm because it is not used to this demand. As the associated muscles and rotational forces upon the spine irritates the area, back pain can become common. Furthermore, golfers spend a great deal of time looking down or bent over their club or ball. Strain becomes even greater when the proper stance is not practiced.
Ankle and Foot Pain
The game of golf works the entire body. This includes the ankles and feet. Each foot moves in a different way. The back foot must roll in farther than the front foot which requires proper full ankle range of motion. Subluxations of the bones in the foot and ankle sprains sometimes occur because of the action in the golf swing.
Chiropractic manipulation provides the best ability to withstand the force of pushing the ankle/foot against the ground with smooth, full movement throughout the motion, decreasing the possibility of injury.
Proper joint range of motion is a necessary aspect for a golfer to get the most out of the game and to prevent injury. To get the full performance from the muscles and for controlled motions, proper muscle firing is required. Regular chiropractic care allows the nervous system to function optimally and restores motion to improperly moving joints. Anyone looking for ways to make to the most out of their golf game and reduce the possibility of potential injury can benefit from chiropractic care at Teachout Chiropractic & Wellness Center.
Stretching is always good for the body. It is important to complete warm-up stretches especially the major muscles of both the lower and upper extremities. Also, be sure to include rotational movements of the spine in your warm-up routine.
The body requires a lot of water for it to function properly. It is recommended, for optimal overall health, to drink half your body weight in pounds, in ounces of water. For example, if you weigh 220 pounds, then you should drink a minimum of 110 ounces of water daily to remain hydrated. There are also fresh fruits and vegetables that you can get water through if you do not get enough through drinking.
Golf is not only enjoyed by those in Fort Myers, FL., but also by millions of people around the globe. It is an excellent way to exercise; however, the explosive movements of the swing can be dangerous. Before you head out on the course, ensure you get the most out of your golf game with routine chiropractic care from Dr. Eric Teachout, D.C.!