The average golfer tends to take up golf at an age when he or she is no longer participating in energetic, competitive and physically demanding sports. Unfortunately, this decreased involvement in competitive play contributes to an overall decrease in flexibility – especially of the spine, shoulders, hips and pelvis (key components of a good golf swing). Common everyday activities like working on computers or commuting long distances tend to contribute even more to this lack of flexibility. This is important as flexibility is the key to improving your game and reducing your pain.
Flexibility plays a greater role in golf than just an improved long game – it also decreases the likelihood of experiencing injury while practicing or playing. In fact, the root cause of many golf injuries is a lack of golf-specific flexibility.
Your golf swing depends on nearly every joint between the tips of your toes and the ends of your fingers. All these joints taken together create an unbroken chain. Any motion limitation of any of these joints will shift the work burden to other “healthier” joints. This causes unnecessary strain and contributes to increased muscular fatigue. Ask yourself, does your swing improve or degrade as you near the 18th hole? This can also cause serious repetitive motion injury to both the dysfunctional joints and the over-burdened (but otherwise healthy) joints. According to Jeffry H. Blanchard, golf professional and author of “The Geometry of Golf”: “The chiropractor is the perfect choice to evaluate, educate, treat, condition and train those who choose to play golf.”
Chiropractic Care + Active Release Technique ® Solution
Any effort to treat your golf-related injury or improve your golf swing requires a combined approach. The focus is to address both your joint mechanics AND muscle flexibility.
Joint mechanics are best addressed with corrective chiropractic adjustments to the affected joints. Active Release Technique ® muscle therapy is effective at restoring flexibility to tight damaged muscles, nerves, tendons, fascia and ligaments. Working with chiropractors who understand golf and the swing mechanics of the sport can be a life-saver.
Chiropractors not only help golfers feel better by readjusting and decompressing their spine, but can also provide advice that helps them prevent future injury and even lower their score.
To hit longer and more powerful golf shots, you must be willing to improve your posture and flexibility. This is the domain of Chiropractic care for over 100 years.
About Us: Headed by a keen golfer himself, Dr Mike Badke, our chiropractic clinic is fully catered to assist with all your sports, work and personal related injuries. We have a highly tailored and personalised approach to your treatment plan. We look beyond your injury and also consider your overall lifestyle and health goals when managing your injuries. We are conveniently located in the Sydney CBD, near the corner of Hunter Street across from Wynyard station.