LONDON CHIROPRACTOR SPECIALISING IN GOLF INJURIES
In the game of golf, back pain is an epidemic. Professional and amateurs all have it and if they don’t now, they soon will.
What can we do to recognize it? And how can we correctly diagnose treat and manage the condition? With my experience over the past 20 years specializing in the treatment of Tour Players and amateurs alike, I will try to make sense of this often confused topic.
Golf is a repetitive strain sport – Meaning that we perform a repetitive activity (the swing) over years. Whether we hit buckets of balls on the range, play 3 rounds per week or once a month, our body will absorb the abnormal physical stresses and ultimately weaken the supportive elements of our musculoskeletal system. It is important to understand the series of events that pred
As a result of the above biomechanical misalignment, the muscles will reflexively go into a spasm to beneficially prevent
ispose us to injury.
Ligaments attach all of our bones together and tendons attach muscle to bone. The muscles are responsible for movement, support and stability. The brain is the control center of the body and the spinal cord, being an extension of the brain, transmits messages from the brain to the rest of the body. In between the vertebrae, the nerve roots exit the spinal cord to send messages to the peripheral joints (hands, arms, legs etc), which in turn allow us to swing the club and hit the desired shot.
However, due to a number of variables (force generated , injuries- old and new, poor fitness, lack of appropriate golf specific flexibility, being overweight and even playing too much golf!) we are all at risk of over stretching the ligaments AND straining the supportive muscular tissue, predisposing us to injury.
As a result of the correct or incorrect posture assumed while playing golf and the repetitive nature of the activity, injuries can occur in the Neck, Shoulder, Ribs, Lower Back, Hips and Golfers Elbow.The back, specifically the Lumbar Spine, is the main structure that absorbs the majority of the force.
More often than not we arrive at the club with a few minutes to spare and your warm up consists of two practice swings on the first tee. Tight muscles, joints, and back. – A sure route to disaster! It may not happen immediately, but overtime, the structural integrity of the spine (ligaments) will weaken and the resultant vertebrae will move into an inefficient biomechanical position.further damage but detrimentally splint the misaligned vertebrae in the incorrect position. Result: stiffness, pain both muscular and nerve, sciatic neuralgia, immobility, and a mechanically inefficient swing.
The key is PREVENTION, and if its too late, accurate diagnosis, treatment and management by a medical specialist. Whether golf is a game or a sport, you need to be fit to play. Exercise and flexibility is the key and having regular lessons with your PGA Pro is of course advised. I advise core stability and cardiovascular exercise to begin with and then more golf specific exercises may be introduced. If you have any predisposing injuries they should be treated.
If there is a back/spinal injury in question, diagnosis and correct interpretation is the key. We At the Gonstead Clinic follow a precise protocol of orthopaedic and neurologic examination, weight bearing X-Rays to identify the exact biomechanical alteration under load (and to rule out any complicating factors), MRI of the involved area if required, precise Gonstead manipulative management in which we are able to manipulate the exact vertebrae in the exact 3D vector, and post treatment management & exercise stabilisation.
Utilising the above protocol, I have been very successful treating both European and US PGA golfers, Major Champions, and Ryder Cup stars.
Call us for a free initial telephone consultation (020) 7637 2920
London Chiropractors Gonstead Clinics UK (established 20 years) serving clients requiring chiropractic treatment from across London. Our Harley Street chiropractic clinic is close by to the West End, Westminster, Marylebone, Mayfair, Maida Vale, Regents Park, Chelsea, Fulham, Knightsbridge, Kensington, Notting Hill, Paddington, Bayswater, St John's Wood, Hampstead, City.
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