Chiropractic and golf

Chiropractic and golfA lot of people were impatiently waiting for the nice weather in order to be able to play golf. However, before rushing to the golf course, it is important to have some knowledge to avoid some injuries that could keep you from practicing your sport.

First, many people rush to the golf course without having previously made some warmups. Why warmups are so important? Mainly because they help ensure that the muscles are ready to do the exercise and the blood supply will be sufficient in the muscles. They also ensure a proper lubrication of all the joints. To warm up, you can make some golf swings without a ball. In addition to helping your muscles, warming up allows your brain and your nervous system to remember the right way to the golf swing. You can also jump up and do a bit of jogging in place to raise your heart rate. To prepare your shoulders to the effort, you can do some rotations with your arms for 15 seconds.

In addition to warmups, there is something else you can do before playing golf: consulting your chiropractor. What is the link between chiropractic and golf do you ask? In fact, the execution of a golf swing requires a good overall flexibility, good mobility of all joints of your body, good movement coordination, good balance and a precise activation of the muscles of the legs, back and shoulders. The chiropractor is an expert of the posture and of the biomechanics of your body. Therefore, your chiropractor will be able to detect movement restrictions in some of your joints and help you fix them. This way, each joint will be able to function properly and allow you a better swing. If you have posture problems that affect your golf swing, the chiropractor will also be able to help you fix them and contribute to improving your performance. Chiropractic treatments also prevent mechanical disorders that may predispose you to injury.

You’re not a golf fan? No problem! The recommendations mentioned above apply to all sports and physical activities that you are planning to do this summer. So for an active and painfree summer, call your chiropractor immediately.

Article inspired by a text published by the Association des chiropraticiens du Québec: “Performer au golf”

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Chiropractic and winter sports

Chiropractic and winter sportsThis winter, even if the weather is unpredictable, some of us will practice sports like skiing or snowboarding. This article will give you a few tips to prevent you some sport-related injuries.

First, like in any other sports, it is very important to warm up before beginning to ski.  This step will make sure that your muscles are ready to perform the physical activity and will make sure that a signal is sent to your body to ensure proper blood flow in the muscles. To do so, you can go for a fast walk or you can hop up and down a few times.

Fortunately, there is more people now wearing helmet on ski hills. We evaluate to 77%* the proportion of skiers and snowboarders wearing helmet. Wearing a helmet helps to decrease cranial and cervical injuries, the two most common injuries related to skiing or snowboarding. In the past, a lot of people were hesitant about using a helmet because they were heavy, bulky and uncomfortable. However, the new generation of helmet has improved a lot. The helmets are now lighter and comfortable and they contribute to keep you warm. Consider buying one, it will be an investment for your health.

If you fall while skiing or snowboarding, it is recommended to consult a chiropractor in order for him to evaluate your spine. Don’t wait to have pain before consulting. Like any other condition, it is always easier to treat the problem when it starts instead of waiting for the condition to get worse. The chiropractor is trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting not only the spine but any joints of your body.

Have a good season!

This article is inspired by the publication: Sur les pistes, on se protège, de l’Association des chiropraticiens du Québec.