Research and patient reports reveal that chiropractic care can help with just about any life activity, ranging from sedentary activities like sitting at a desk, to movement-based activities like running, walking, lifting objects, or standing for prolonged periods of time. But can chiropractic care help with athletic activities—for example, can chiropractic care improve my golf game?
This is a question that Dr. Tyler Meier of Newport Beach, CA, receives often, and considering the proximity of several well-known courses like Pelican Hill Golf Club, Newport Beach Golf Course, and the Newport Beach Country Club course, this is not surprising.
In addition to the many benefits of chiropractic care on overall health, people want to know if they can expect to see improvement in their athletic and sport-related endeavors. In fact, for many individuals, sports performance is directly correlated with the level of health they feel in their bodies.
For some people, noticing a decline in athletic performance is often indicative of something deeper going on beneath the surface—a strained muscle, a few nights of poor sleep quality, or stiffness in the body that prevents full range of motion.
If you’re a golfer or enjoy other sports as a form of recreation, then read on: here are four ways that chiropractic care can improve your golf game.
#1. Improved Range of Motion
When it comes to playing a good game of golf, it all comes down to one thing: the swing.
Your swing makes or breaks your game of golf, and any experienced player knows that one of the main components of a good swing is complete range of motion.
Beginning with your backswing, a complete range of motion is required to position your club at the favored angle and position required to move the ball to your desired destination. While there are many swing styles, they almost all include a rotation of the torso near the hips, and flexibility and mobility in the arms, elbows, and shoulders.
Without a full range of motion, the swing can become chaotic—expect to see the ball moving further left or right than intended, not reaching your top distance, and not achieving the desired arc.
Chiropractic care is a highly effective form of treatment to improve range of motion. While range of motion is often assumed to be strictly muscular, it’s not—joints and nerves play a role in dictating range of motion in nearly every activity.
Chiropractic care works on the neuromusculoskeletal system, meaning that it affects the nervous system, the muscular system, and the skeletal system. Each of these systems are involved in range of motion: the skeletal and muscular systems dictate the scope and breadth of a movement, while the nervous system controls the accuracy and comfort of the movement.
A pinched nerve, for example, can severely limit physical movement, not because of an actual obstruction to the movement, but because of the pain associated with it. Tense muscles can prevent full range of motion from unfolding, and arthritic joints and slipped discs can inhibit complete movement, too.
Fortunately, chiropractic treatment can help ease inflamed nerves, realign joints and slipped discs, and release tight muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
#2. Improved Balance
Balance is a critical part of an effective golf swing. Without proper balance, the entire swing is likely to be at least a few degrees off—and if accuracy doesn’t suffer, then some other part of the body will suffer by compensating for the imbalance.
The more balanced your body is during your swing, the more impact your club head can deliver to the ball. Additionally, proper balance facilitates enhanced speed of the swing, improved accuracy, and perhaps most important, consistency. Many individuals are able to occasionally experience a fantastic swing, but find that inexplicably, it’s not a replicable swing that they can consistently recreate. This is likely because their swing is not balanced.
Chiropractic care can improve your swing by improving your balance. Not surprisingly, posture plays a huge role in balance. When two people with equal experience and ability plant their feet on the green to take their swing, the difference between their shots lies completely in their balance. Structurally speaking, a major effector of balance is posture.
By correcting and improving the posture (your skeletal and joint structure), this can create huge improvements in balance. Ideal posture and alignment means that weight is evenly distributed across the body, leading to correct form and the ability to direct energy at the swing itself—not at stabilizing the body.
#3. Improved Strength
When balance and range of motion have both been improved, this leaves another important component to be addressed—strength. Strength is not just a matter of building muscle mass. Once again, strength is directly related to the entire neuromusculoskeletal system, which means that it isn’t only one system that needs to be improved to develop strength: it’s all of them!
While muscle bulk can help to improve strength, the neural pathways that deliver signals to the muscles can decrease strength if they are inhibited. Oftentimes, nerve energy is inhibited by poor posture, inflammation, and other factors. When nerve energy is inhibited, this can also weaken the grip and cause inconsistent strength outcomes.
Chiropractic care can improve strength and the efficiency of your muscles by increasing nerve energy flow, encouraging circulation, and improving connection across all systems of the body.
#4. Improved Distance & Accuracy
When strength, flexibility, and balance have been supported in the body, improved distance and accuracy naturally follow.
The neck, shoulders, arms, and torso—all of which are directly affected by the alignment of the spine—experience more mobility, more power, and more flexibility as a result of chiropractic care.
Dr. Tyler Meier of Newport Beach, CA, serving the entire Orange County area including Costa Mesa, Santa Ana, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Anaheim, Irvine, and Orange, provides cutting edge chiropractic care through the use of Chiropractic BioPhysics® (CBP). Chiropractic BioPhysics® is a form of chiropractic care that focuses on creating long-term changes to the bones and joints through revolutionary, physics-based treatment.
Chiropractic BioPhysics® can help to correct misalignment, scoliosis, treat migraines and headaches, reduce discomfort and pain, and of course, help improve your golf game and athletic performance. If you’re ready to begin maximizing your body’s potential, then book your appointment today.