The golf swing can be greatly corrected and enhanced with chiropractic modalities for flexibility, mobility and strengthening. Repetitive nature type injuries are very common with golfers. We look for bio-mechanical problems and we try to counter balance that and realign the patient so that they can reduce the effects of that repetitive motion.
What are the most common injuries sustained from playing golf?
Dr. Chris Serafini: Most common I would say is low back – the hips, the pelvis, the low back area but believe it or not there is a lot of wrist and hand and shoulder injuries as well. Most people associate the low back of course because of the twisting, the torsional motion. There are a lot of hand and wrist injuries as well.
How does chiropractic care help golfers recover from injuries?
Dr. Chris Serafini: Well, due to the repetitive nature of a golf swing, the repetitive nature can cause injuries. What chiropractors do is try to look and see what kind of bio-mechanical problems might be occurring from that repetitive motion and we try to counter balance that and realign the patient so that they can reduce the effects of that repetitive motion.
What do you think is the most important skill or technique that golfers should develop to help avoid potential injuries?
Dr. Chris Serafini: This is a great question and you can go on and on for a long time. I would say work on flexibility, mobility and strength. You see your average golfer out there – a lot of times when you look at their swing, they’re not very flexible or mobile. When the body is unable to really perform certain motions or movements it has to compensate in other ways in order to get the action that you’re asking it to do in order to be able to perform those. Like I said, there’s a lot of answers to this question but I would say really work on flexibility, mobility and then strengthening. Once you kind of have those flexibility and mobility issues addressed then I would work on strengthening.
Does using the right size equipment actually make a difference in preventing injuries?
Dr. Chris Serafini: Absolutely. Another great question. If you’re using a club that’s either too long or too short when you address the ball, you’re either going to be having to bend over a little more or a little less than what would typically be appropriate for someone that height using the appropriate club and a lot of times as you deviate from where your position should be once again, your body has to compensate to make up for that difference and it can cause injuries. Having the right equipment, size equipment is really, really important. I have a friend of mine who is a really tall guy and most clubs aren’t fitted for his height and he has to bend over a lot to address the ball. Then he actually changed the size of his clubs and it really helped his game and physically helped him a lot.
Can chiropractic care actually help improve a golfer’s performance?
Dr. Chris Serafini: It absolutely can. As I worked with a lot of Gateway Pro Tour guys and I have a few testimonials on my website from pro golfers talking about the improvements that they had from our treatments. It really can improve their performance tremendously. One of the pro golfers talked about he immediately found that he was better at striking the ball following in the treatment. You hear many times, golfers will give us credit for increasing their performance after we’ve done some treatments with them.
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