Updated: Jan 15
Determine your posture type
The first step to preventing injury and improving your golf game is to know your posture type. Posture is the bones' position in conjunction with one another (anterior/posterior position) and a person's center of gravity. Your posture starts at the top of the spine, where it meets the neck.
The three most common postures are neutral, lordotic, and kyphotic.
You have a neutral spine when standing with feet shoulder-width apart and arms at your side. When viewed from behind, a curve from the head to the tailbone should resemble an "S" shape—the "S" for a neutral spine. This "S" should also be present when looking at a person directly from either side or front view but should never look like an upside-down "U" (lordotic) or a backward "C" (kyphotic). Ask your local chiropractor what category you fall under to help you determine which direction you need to go to find your optimal posture!
Discuss any past injuries with your chiropractor.
When you first visit your chiropractor, they will ask you questions about previous injuries, as past injuries can cause long-term problems and damage other parts of the body.
Being honest with your chiropractor about any past injuries or issues that may prevent future problems or injuries is essential. Your chiropractor will want to know if you have a history of specific pain in certain body areas so that they know what precisely to look for and address during treatment. For example, suppose you tell your chiropractor that you recently injured your back in a car accident. In that case, your chiropractor can pay extra attention to that area during treatment to identify any current issues.
Chiropractors can help you find what is wrong with your swing and help you fix it by identifying weak areas in your body that are causing an improper swing technique and injuries.
Ways that chiropractors can help improve your golf game.
Flexibility and range of motion. Chiropractors can help improve the flexibility and range of motion in your joints so you can make a more effective, injury-free swing.
Spine alignment. Chiropractors can use manual spinal adjustments to align the vertebrae in your spine and eliminate joint restrictions, which will reduce muscle strain during your swing and prevent some common golf injuries.
Muscle strength. Chiropractors have many methods for strengthening muscles and improving muscle balance, which is vital for making an effective golf swing while avoiding injury.
Coordination. Chiropractic treatment improves coordination by reducing pain in areas that inhibit your performance on the course, resulting in better control over the movements required to make an effective golf swing.
Balance. A chiropractor can treat several conditions that affect balance, including vertigo and peripheral neuropathy, back pain, neck pain, or other sources of discomfort that may be throwing off your sense of balance on the golf course."