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Getting Your Swing Back with Chiropractic

Lower back pain is by far the most common ailment suffered by golfers of all ages. Based on data collected at Titliest Performance Institute about 28% of all players deal with lower back pain after every round. Lower back pain is also the most common complaint seen amongst professional golfers on all tours. However, you might be surprised to know that lower back is rarely the original cause of the pain even though it may be the current source of it.

More often than not, abnormal motions or forces coming from adjacent or distant areas of the body force the lower back to do excessive work until it completely breaks down itself. When the lower back finally does break down, you can typically expect one of the following conditions to occur: muscle strain or ligamentous sprain, disc injury, altered joint mechanics or motor control, degenerative arthritis, and bone fracture.

The first line of defense against lower back pain is to create optimal movement patterns in the areas directly above and below the lumbar spine - the hips and thoracic spine. The last form of preventative action that should be encouraged is incorporating recovery techniques into a player’s normal after-round routine. Recovery techniques will help reduce inflammation, restore normative motor control and repair muscle and joint damage sustained during the round. Basic forms of recovery include the following: hot and cold therapy, massage, nutritional support, sleep, and recovery exercise.

Muscle strains can be treated with chiropractic care, physical therapy, osteopathy, massage, and other manual therapy techniques. These options help promote proper blood flow in the lower back to help with healing, loosen tight lower back muscles, maintain proper joint mechanics, and aid in the release of endorphins. The first line of treatment should always involve a 6 to 12-week trial of either chiropractic, osteopathic, and/or physical therapy. The goals of these types of treatment are to reduce the inflammation, restore normal stability, and improve mobility in the surrounding joints.

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