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Chiropractic and Golf

Our Flagler Beach chiropractors have treated hundreds of people who love the game of golf. Some of our patients are serious golfers who seek chiropractic treatment specifically to help them with their golf swing.

Improve Your Golf Game With Chiropractic Treatment

By Dr. Rachelle Kirk

Wouldn’t it be great if you could shave two strokes off your handicap through chiropractic care? I wish I could promise that. The truth is that golf is a complex, dynamic game that requires the routine participation of nearly every joint in the human body. A perfect golf swing requires thousands of tiny muscle fibers, precise timing and control, flexibility and proper alignment of the entire musculoskeletal system. Chiropractic care can be instrumental in achieving all of this, as well as guarding you against injury.

Because many of today’s golfers spend a significant portion of their time seated (i.e., driving the car, surfing the internet), their flexibility can become increasingly limited. By providing special attention to the joints through chiropractic care, proper joint mechanics can be restored, resulting in an increased range of motion. Following chiropractic adjustments, tight muscles are lengthened and returned to their normal positions. A chiropractor’s trained eye can spot whether one shoulder is higher than the other, whether one hip is higher than the other, whether your neck is tilted to a particular side, or any other asymmetry. Chiropractic care improves balance and coordination by aligning the bones of the body into their proper position, thereby restoring symmetry.

Golf injuries most commonly occur because of a decrease in flexibility, balance, and coordination. A lack of joint proprioception (the ability of the brain to recognize the body’s location in space) also contributes to sprain and strain injuries. Chiropractic care will return bones to their normal juxtaposition (thereby reducing nerve interference) to restore normal nerve transmission and increase joint proprioception.

In the course of a golfer’s lifetime, experiencing occasional injury is inevitable. However, by maintaining proper flexibility, join mechanics, balance, and coordination, the likelihood and severity of injuries can be decreased. Golfers who routinely undergo chiropractic treatment as a form of preventative care often experience better golf games, with diminished risk of muscle strains and sprains, than do golfers who merely seek chiropractic care for pain. As a result, joints that move fluidly over the years are less apt to develop arthritis. Consequently, they will provide the golfer with many more years and rounds of golf. And who knows – maybe the care will shave a point or two off your handicap!

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Each week we have patients who ask us for help with their golf game.

 

People who golf frequently can develop muscle asymmetry. For example, the muscles on the right side of their body can be more developed due to their right-sided swing.

Can we help you with your golf swing? We make no promises! But most people do notice a positive change in their golf game. In fact, we've been helping people in Flagler Beach, Palm Coast, and Bunnell with their golf scores for years. Call our Flagler Beach chiropractors and let Drs. Kirk and Kirk help get your golf game "Back In Action."

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