Golf & Chiropractic
Did you know that slight changes to your biomechanics may lead to huge advantages in your golf game?
Seeing a chiropractor for spinal adjustments and stability exercises can help to keep your body functioning and moving optimally. Whether you are in need of a resistance training program, posture correction, or chiropractic adjustments, Dr. Mark Stagg, DC, CCSP has your back! Dr. Mark Stagg, DC, CCSP, offers comprehensive evaluations to promote muscle strengthening and spinal stability. Learn more about the benefits of chiropractic care for golfers by watching this video.
Stability of the Spine & Pain Relief
The golf swing is inherently stressful and injurious to the lumbar spine. Because of this, a large percentage of golfers suffer from low back pain. Chiropractic care may be used to create spinal stability and prevent injury from occurring.
Many golfers use aspirin and NSAIDS to alleviate their pain and inflammation. These medications may reduce connective tissue healing, further postponing their return to the course. Chiropractic care and natural alternatives such as Triple Collagen and Baxaprin are less destructive to the body while still beneficial for healing. Ask your doctor if these supplements are right for you.
The True Power of the Golf Swing
The true source of power generation in the golf swing involves the creation of elastic energy. Elastic energy is created by imparting a short, quick stretch on the muscles involved in performing a particular movement.
In relation to the golf swing, the golfer uses their rotator cuff and many other back muscles as the “power muscles” for their swing. Maintaining strength in these muscles through a chiropractic strength and conditioning program is key to perfecting your golf swing.
Your chiropractor will be critical in helping you prevent injury on the golf course. One simple way to prevent injury is by wearing orthotics to support the arch, absorb shock, and increase coordination. Using a golf bag on wheels is essential. Carrying a heavy bag can cause the spine to shrink, leading to disk problems and nerve irritation. Utilizing a short backswing will help to minimize the torsional stress in the lumbar spine. Keeping your shoulders and pelvis parallel to each other through most of your swing will avoid rotational strain in the lumbar spine.
Strengthening Exercise: Bird Dog
Did you know that many popular trunk muscle exercises may actually predispose you to injury? During your chiropractic evaluation, Dr. Stagg will provide strengthening exercises to maintain stability and prevent injury. These exercises have been thoroughly researched for the ability to adequately activate the trunk musculature without exceeding cautious injury thresholds. One example of these exercises is the Bird Dog, pictured here.
For more information on chiropractic services at Whole Health Wellness Center or to schedule an appointment, call our office at (860) 674-0111.