It is that time of the year again. Time to dust off your clubs, dig out your golf shoes, and hope your score card looks as good as the last one you filled out last Fall. This year, maybe you are hoping to knock a couple of strokes off your handicap or finally sink the putt that beats your boss for the first time.
As you prepare yourself for another season out on the links, I ask that you think about your long term health and the outlook that better health and wellness could be your ticket to a lower score this year. It is for this reason that we should examine the relationship between your local Chiropractor and your birdie attempt on the back nine.
As Tiger Woods has said, ““…lifting weights and seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis has made me a better golfer. I’ve been going to Chiropractors for as long as I can remember. It’s as important to my training as practicing my swing.” It is also important to remember that we are speaking of one of the most legendary golfers in history, capable of picking any type of health care on the planet. So, why choose chiropractic?
The answer is simple, greater performance and coordination by allowing the nervous system to function as it is supposed to function. The philosophy of chiropractic is simple, but you must possess the knowledge of how the body functions before you can truly appreciate the benefit to your overall health and wellness.
As you may very well already know, the spine serves to protect your spinal cord and is made up of 24 bones called vertebrae. The spinal cord transmits vital electrical messages from the brain, through the spinal cord, and out to all the tissues, organs, and cells of the body. This process also happens in reverse, and important messages follow these nerve pathways back to the brain. The main purpose of this nervous system is to coordinate all activity in the body. Without these important messages making there way from body to brain, you could not function.
When we look at the bones of the spine, each spinal bone has small holes where nerves enter and exit from the spinal cord. When these bones are out of place, called a subluxation, pressure can be placed on the nerves entering and exiting those holes. This pressure on the nerves can interrupt the vital messages that are being transferred to and from the brain, decreasing function in the body and leading to all sorts of health problems.
The entire purpose of chiropractic care is to analyze and correct these subluxations that can take place in the spine with a physical adjustment, therefore increasing overall nerve function and allowing the vital messages to travel through the nervous system. Subluxations can happen in any number of ways.Whether it is stress at work, physical exertion, or a spinal trauma, subluxations decrease the brains ability to receive messages and communicate to the body.
Given that a golf stroke is a very foreign movement for the body to make, especially in a consistent manner as presented in a round of golf, the simple stress of swinging a club can lead to subluxations as the body attempts to compensate for your activity. Once you become subluxated, the nervous system can no longer function at its peak level if pressure is being placed on your nerves, creating inconsistencies in motor function and coordination.
This is where your chiropractor steps in to assess and alleviate subluxations in your spine that may hold you back from your optimal performance level. By adjusting the segments of bone in your spine that are creating difficulties within the nervous system, a chiropractor can make sure that those important nerve messages are making it to your body unhindered.
So the next time you top a normally easy shot, fail to bring your hands through your stroke, or send your ball two fairways over, it may be time to ask yourself if chiropractic may help your game this season!