One of the favorite pastimes of both adult men and women is golf. Although this particular sport is not as physically demanding or taxing as compared to basketball, soccer, or tennis, avid golfers, professional or not, are also prone to getting hurt or injured. One of many conditions that they may suffer from is chronic back pain.
Studies show that about 53% of male and 45% of female golfers suffer regularly from back pain. The same studies show that most injuries affecting male golfers originate in the low back and are related to improper swinging techniques or the repetitive nature of the swing, or both.
Amateur golfers are usually injured due to improper swing mechanics.Pro golfers, on the other hand, suffer overuse injuries as they repeatedly perform repetitive strokes. Once a high velocity rotary force is combined with trunk side-bending or the “crunch factor,” the golfer’s spine and para vertebral tissues take a beating. As such, low back pain is indeed one of the most common myoskeletal complaints of all golfers.
Chiropractors can offer various therapy options to treat backaches and others disorders that cause golfers great pain. One of their recommended therapies is decompression NYC chiropractors explain that Spinal Decompression Therapy or SDT is a non-surgical, non-invasive and cost-effective treatment for back and neck pain. The treatment works by slowly and gently stretching the spine and taking pressure off compressed discs and vertebrae. When the spinal herniation or spinal bulge is decompressed, the pinched nerves are relieved and this causes a negative pressure within the disk to pull the bulge off of the spinal cord or spinal nerve.
Aside from back and neck pain, SDT also effectively treats the following specific conditions:
- Herniated disc
- Degenerative disc
- Spinal stenosis
- Facet syndrome
Decompression usually starts with Interferential Traction, a process that relaxes the spine and muscles, increases blood flow to the affected area, and decreases spasms during decompression.The therapy is computerized, and it is intended to slowly ramp up to the place where the chiropractor needs to pull the bulge off the disc.The whole process is non-invasive and not painful in any way.
Most patients tend to get immediate relief from each session, which typically lasts for several minutes only. The amount of time that the relief lasts and the number of sessions needed in order to have sustained pain alleviation dependson the severity of the patient’s condition. To lessen inflammation and help the healing process, the patient also undergoes or receives other passive therapies such ice, heat or muscle stimulation, chiropractic adjustments or rehabilitation to strengthen the spinal musculature.
If you are an avid golfer suffering from chronic back pain, you don’t have to give up the sport you love. An effective and non-invasive treatment option is at the palm of your hands, with the help of a qualified chiropractor specializing in Spinal Decompression Therapy.