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The Link Between Golf and Chiropractic Care

Think Your Chiropractor Won’t Be Able To Help Your Swing? Guess Again.  

It’s springtime again and that can only mean one thing: it’s time for the Masters Tournament here in Augusta.

Whether you’re visiting us from Grovetown, Evans, or Harlem the truth is we have a better view of the Masters than most!

With Tiger Woods, arguably one of the most iconic golfers of our time, returning to the Masters for the first time since 2015, we got to thinking about the benefits of chiropractic care when it comes to perfecting your golf game. Tiger is often quoted as saying “I’ve been going to a Chiropractor for as long as I can remember. It is as important to my training as the practice of my swing.” And he’s not wrong!

In reality, back pain (and specifically lower back injuries) are among the most common concerns golfers experience and that pain can have a big impact on their game.

Think Tiger Woods might be onto something with his regular chiropractic care? Let’s take a look at why!

Posture and Pain

You don’t need a superstar player to tell you a good golf swing starts with good posture.

The way you align your body and place your feet has a big impact on maintaining balance all the way through your swing. No one wants to end up in the sand and balance is the key to hitting the ball to get it where you want to go.

Ball position will help control the direction of your shot, but so will the posture of your body. The angles you create with your body literally control the way you swing your club and hit your ball. To an outsider, golf may not look like the physically demanding sport that it is, but real golfers know how important physique is to their game.

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At the heart of good posture is a neutral spine. Maintaining a quality alignment between your bones and joints will help prevent muscle strains and discomfort. Whether you’re spending a Saturday afternoon on the green or just chasing your kids around the backyard, poor posture can mean serious pain.

Did you know experts have even linked poor posture to higher levels of stress, feelings of depression, and even digestive issues? Routine chiropractic care works for golfers like Tiger Woods and it could work for you too to eliminate the effects of bad posture and unnecessary pain.

Lower Back Injuries

Like nearly all professional sports, golfers can experience serious injuries on the course. An overwhelming number of injuries golfers face occur in their lower backs. Chiropractors are among the most commonly sought solutions for golfers experiencing these sometimes traumatic incidents.

Golfers aren’t alone with their lower back pain though. Roughly 4 in 5 Americans experience pain in the lower parts of their back for various reasons. From a dull ache to sharp strains of pain, low back pain is one of the leading reasons people miss time from work or other activities.

No matter what’s causing your low back pain, many studies have found chiropractic care is often successful at reducing or eliminating that discomfort entirely. By getting to the root cause of the problem rather than simply addressing the symptoms, chiropractic care may be able to help you get rid of back pain for good. 

Overcoming The Pain

By utilizing heat, cryotherapy, electric stimulation, manipulation of the joints through a traditional adjustment, and attention to the muscles through trigger point therapy and other manual thechniques, chiropractic care can help you overcome bad posture and the lower back pain it leads to.

Even if you aren't playing in the Masters anytime soon, why live with back pain if you don't have to?

Teri Seals