Golf Stretches From Your Chiropractor

Golf is a sport enjoyed by many individuals, and as with all sports, it is very important that we stretch before hitting the golf course or driving range. Below are some stretches that I recommend all golfers do to loosen up and prevent any injuries from occurring during play.

Stretches for a Good Swing Follow Through

  1. Stand with the feet shoulder-width apart and fold your arms across your chest.
  2. Bend your knees and lean forward slightly.
  3.  Rotate your trunk in your backswing motion.
  4.  Continue from the top of your backswing to your follow through position.

 

Stretches for your swing

Hip Flexor Stretches

  1. Plant your golf club vertically in front of you, gripping the top with your hands and keeping your arms stretched out straight in front of you.
  2.  Plant one foot firmly on the ground in front of you and move the other foot backward, keeping the leg straight.
  3.  Keeping your back straight, slowly bend your front knee and lean your hips forward in a smooth motion, stretching your leg from your back foot.
  4. Try to keep your back heel on the ground and your knee over your front foot (be careful not to bring your front knee past your front foot).
  5.  Repeat this stretch with the other leg.

 

Hip Flexor Stretch

Quad Stretches

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and plant your golf club vertically in front of you, with the head on the ground for support.
  2.  Bend your left leg, bringing the foot up behind you and secure it with your hand.
  3.  Pull the foot up gently until you feel the stretch.
  4.  Hold the position for 15-20 seconds.
  5. Release the back leg and repeat the motion with the opposite foot.

 

Quad Stretches

Wrist Stretches

  1. Hold your arm in front of you with your palm facing down.
  2. Keep the elbow straight and gently pull your wrist up by grabbing the tops of your fingers.
  3. Relax your grip and return to your original position, keeping your arm stretched out in front of you with your palm facing down.
  4. Keeping the elbow straight gently pull your wrist in a downward motion with your opposite hand.

 

Wrist Stretches

Trunk Upper Body Stretches

  1. Grip the golf club with both hands in front of your chest.
  2. Plant your feet shoulder-width apart.
  3. Rotate your torso slowly to the right and hold the stretch.
  4. Repeat motion in the opposite direction.

 

Trunk Stretches

Side Stretches

  1. Grip your club horizontally in front of you with your hands spaced shoulder-width apart.
  2. Raise your arms straight up above your head.
  3. From the hips, slightly bend to one side and hold your stretch.
  4. From the raised arm position, repeat the stretch going in the opposite direction.

 

Side Stretches

Calf Stretches

  1. Place both hands against a tree at chest level and stand arms length away.
  2.  Keep one foot on the ground and move the opposite foot behind you, keeping the knee straight.
  3.  Try to touch your back heel to the ground.
  4.  Do not bounce, and hold the stretch.
  5.  Repeat the stretch with the opposite leg.

 

Calf Stretch

 

 

Next time you head to the course, don’t forget to do these tee time stretches to warm up your golf game! Looking for other ways to improve your game? Try chiropractic care. Regular adjustments help you use your body to its fullest potential, read more about sports and chiropractic here.

5 Things to Look For in a Wellness Chiropractor

 

Choosing a Health Care professional is an incredibly personal decision, and there are many things to consider. If you are ready to start chiropractic care, but are unsure if the chiropractor you have found is right for you and your family, this list is for you. Here are the top 5 things to consider when searching for your dream Wellness Chiropractor!

1. Full Assessment

When the chiropractor you choose does their initial assessment, you should not be expecting to get an adjustment on the same day as your initial visit. If your chiropractor took X-rays or did any other tests such as a full computerized thermal scan, they will need time to mark your X-rays, analyze your case and develop a suitable treatment plan for you. For a wellness chiropractor, the goal is always to find and treat the underlying causes, not just the symptoms you experience as a result.

2. Patient Education

The Latin translation of Doctor is “to teach,” and your Chiropractic Doctor should be educating you on chiropractic care and your health. From explaining their approach, philosophy, and methods, to answering any of your questions in regards to your case; your Chiropractor should be your guide to wellness, teaching you how they can help you achieve and maintain all of your health goals.

3. Lifestyle Approach

Your chiropractor should discuss a lifestyle approach to care, often involving: stretches to build up the muscles supporting your spine, supplements and basic nutritional changes you can make to improve your health, and educating you on the importance of implementing a wellness treatment plan that will optimize your spinal health. A great wellness chiropractor will always discuss anything pertinent to your care that will help you improve your lifestyle and longevity throughout your lifetime.

4. Family Care

A wellness chiropractor should be open to providing care for your entire family, from infants to the elderly, and should encourage you to share the wellness philosophy with your loved ones. Wellness is something that should be enjoyed by everyone from the day they are born, and throughout their lives.

5. Trust

When it comes to putting your health in someone’s hands, the most important deciding factor is simple: trust. Do you trust this person with your care? Can you work with them to improve your lifestyle? Do you understand their philosophy and is it something you would like to bring into your own life? Did you connect with the Doctor you met? If you answered no to most of these questions, then this practitioner may not be for you, and that is ok. Consider the points listed above and use them as a guide to help find the chiropractor that you need.

 

Chiropractic care is a great preventative medicine. You do not necessarily need to be hurting to benefit from Wellness Care. Regular appointments help prevent illness, alleviate stress and optimize the immune system. To find a chiropractor that is right for you, check out The Canadian Chiropractic Associations Find a Chiro App or use Google to find a reputable chiropractor close to home.

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