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"Being a chiropractic patient has really helped me a lot. I've been going to chiropractors for as long as I can remember. It’s as important to my training as practicing my swing." – Tiger Woods
With several golf courses within a stones throw (or hooked tee shot) of our Manly Chiropractic practice we naturally look after a large number of golfers ranging from weekend hackers through to professionals.
In our experience there are three fundamental causes of injuries and poor performance- poor posture, poor flexibility and a poor unstable foundation.
We were told as kids to stand up straight. It's good advice for our golf posture, too. I see many average golfers whose chances of making a sound swing are poor because they don't set up to the ball properly. Correct posture is paramount to keeping your balance.
DON'T SLOUCH: The more your back is curved at address, a common problem, the more likely it is you'll have to lift up to hit the ball with any authority. Keeping your back straight promotes consistent contact.
The golf swing requires the spine to rotate, bend laterally and extend. This requires flexibility that is golf-specific, with the main areas being the spine, shoulders, hips and pelvis (key components of a good 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 to note because flexibility is the key to improving your game and reducing your pain.
Our feet are the foundation of our body. They support you when you stand, walk, or run. Feet also help protect your spine, bones, and soft tissues from stress as you move. We find that when there is asymmetry in the pedal foundation, there is muscular imbalance as well. Custom-made flexible orthotics were created to not only stabilize the bones of the foot, but to also enhance muscle function throughout the lower legs and spine. We often prescribe Foot Levelers custom-made, flexible “Par Flex“ orthotics, which has been shown to increase club head velocity (CHV) and decrease fatigue, both indicators of improved dynamic function. By stabilizing the pedal foundation, we create better structural alignment and enhance muscular function. The pelvis, though moving throughout the swing, must be stable and balanced.