Golf and Chiropractic Care

Studies show that more than 80 percent of golfers experience back pain or injury at some point while actively playing golf.


In one study of 154 professional golfers, 55% reported a history of low back pain. This pain was of an adequate level to miss at least one tour event, or to play at an unsatisfactory level. Dr. Tom La Fountain is a chiropractor who travels with the PGA tour and regularly provides chiropractic to the pros. Dr. La Fountain reports that up to 85 percent of the injuries on the PGA Tour and Senior Tour relate to the spine, and about 70 to 75 percent of those golfers receive regular chiropractic care. Golfers such as Tiger Woods, Mike Weir, Vijay Singh, and David Duvall have trusted chiropractic for years to help keep them at the top of their game.

“Being a Chiropractic patient has really helped me immensely…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.”
Tiger Woods

It’s no wonder golfers suffer a lot of back pain. Picture the contortions a golfer’s spine goes through during each and every shot. First, the spine is twisted really far in one direction for the backswing; then, after hesitating for a second, the golfer’s back must suddenly change direction, forcefully twist and bend through the downswing, swinging a driver or three iron at speeds of up to 100 mph, absorb the impact of the golf club hitting an inanimate object, and then continue twisting for the follow-through. This maneuver is then repeated about 70 times (or 180, as the case may be) per game. Once the golfer finally makes his or her way to the green, the golfer is then bent over lining up and standing awkwardly over the ball while trying to sink a putt.

Studies have shown that the chiropractic adjustment can improve the range of motion of spinal joints. No big surprise here. Further, the adjustment can also help to correct improper muscle firing patterns established from previous injuries. What this means to the avid golfer is likely more accuracy, increased muscle efficiency, greater power, and ultimately better performance with less chance of injury. According to Tiger, “Golfers who consistently get it up and down around the green have two things in common: great technique and good posture.” (Golf Digest, February 2001)

Such movement would be hard on even the fittest athlete. That problem is compounded when you consider most golfers are strictly weekend players, mixing this intense activity with long periods of idleness that leave their muscles weak, tight and prone to injury. (This can occur even if the golfer is active in other sports, as the demands on muscles often differ for different activities.) Then, each time the weekend golfer returns to the links and forces these weak or tight muscles into action, it can put excessive stress on the spine and spinal joints resulting in poor spinal joint mechanics. This can decrease power, as well as speed, hand-eye coordination and consistency.

The golf swing isn’t the only aspect of playing the sport that causes golf back pain. There is a lot of walking in golf, even if you take a cart. You have to walk up hills, down hills, and all over the uneven surfaces of the average course. In addition at other times you have to swing and torque your body while positioning yourself on unstable surfaces like hills, tree roots, or sand. Perhaps the worst part of golf for your back though is the simple act of standing. There is a lot of standing around in golf, and just like in everyday life when someone stands they usually shift weight to one side of their body. This tends to tighten muscles on one side while relaxing muscles on the other side.

When a player experiences back pain during a round of golf, their scores suffer and their enjoyment is taken away from the game. There is a higher rate of injury amongst those players with poor flexibility, trunk control, postural control, and improper muscle firing patterns. In addition, back, neck, shoulder and elbow pain will sabotage any golf swing and ruin the golf experience. It shouldn’t be that way and it doesn’t have to. Regular chiropractic treatment can help alleviate golf back pain and injuries and get your game to where it is supposed to be.

Chiropractors can also make nutritional and exercise recommendations such as a specifically designed program of trunk strengthening that emphasizes balance and coordination to help golfers prevent back problems and maintain good spinal health. There are healthy ways to reduce inflammation, so that golfers can avoid over-the-counter painkillers such as ASA or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which can be harsh on the stomach and can even cause gastrointestinal ulceration. Instead, some foods and natural supplements can provide anti-inflammatory action, while improving overall health. A good example of such a nutritional product is “Natures Relief” manufactured by Adeeva and it is available at the clinic. Ask Kari for more details.

Rehabilitation exercises promote speedier recovery and warm-up exercises can be beneficial before each game. Certain exercises will also help golfers strengthen abdominal muscles to reduce strain on the back muscles. The pros on the PGA Tour know what it takes to play great golf. They also know that being in top physical form reduces injuries and improves performance, which translates into more earnings. The January 2001 issue of Golf Magazine ran an article called Survival of the Fittest in which they contend that physical fitness has become a top priority for many PGA Tour pros. “The PGA Tour has become a sweat shop: Golfers who aren’t physically fit probably can forget about frequent trips to the winner’s circle. Fitness is not only fashionable, it’s an important piece of the professional golf puzzle.”  More detail about what you can do will be found in Part 2 – next week’s article.

Regular chiropractic care is not just for golfers but for all of us for the treatment AND prevention of injuries. If you value your leisure time activities, consider scheduling a check up appointment to see if chiropractic care can be of benefit to you!

By Dr. Gordon Gertz


Top 5 Physiotherapy Myths


By Jean-Michel Cormier


FALSE- I get a good chuckle when a patient tells me “I believe in physiotherapy” like they were telling me that they believe in the tooth fairy. What they probably mean is that they believe in the abilities of the previous therapists they’ve consulted and had positive experiences.

There are several thousands of scientific papers supporting the use of physiotherapy. In fact, several Universities now offer doctoral programs in physical therapy entirely dedicated to providing evidence on the use of current practices and assuring the continued development of the profession.


FALSE- In no context should you ever feel this way when consulting a physiotherapist. Unfortunately, despite our professional associations’ efforts to assure quality with national board exams, variability in quality levels between therapists is still a reality. These individuals give a bad reputation to our profession and should be ashamed. You should have AT LEAST 15 minutes of one on one time with your therapist where that time should be productive, focused on education, management strategies, likely some hands on treatment and you should by no means feel that you’re wasting your time. Respect yourself, there are tons of good and caring therapists out there, don’t support the bad ones.


FALSE- Physiotherapists treat a wide range of injuries going from acute to chronic. Obviously, the interaction with your therapist should vary depending on your current needs. With chronic injuries sometimes comes baggage where poor postural habits, muscle imbalances and/or beliefs related to your problem may require more attention. If the case, your therapist should help you understand the source of your problem and a thorough conversation should be had regarding all aspects of your rehabilitation (what to do, what to avoid, how to do it, etc.).

Not all injuries will heal the same and some may take longer than others. Some may even require surgery or additional medical intervention. Your therapist should closely and regularly monitor your progress taking responsibility in directing you towards the best and most efficient intervention available for your specific needs.


FALSE- I believe this one comes from the general public being misinformed about the wide range of healthcare practitioners out there (physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, massage therapists, etc.). As a general tendency, I see people relate chiropractors and osteopaths to “bone” or “spinal” problems, massage therapists to “muscle” problems and physiotherapists to the rest!

Not only are physiotherapists specialized in diagnosing and treating all musculoskeletal pathologies in any area of the body, some also follow advanced courses in vestibular rehabilitation, mental imagery for chronic pain, pelvic floor rehab for urinary incontinence, etc.

A good therapist will have no issues referring you to another professional may your problem be beyond his/her expertise and/or require further medical attention.


FALSE- One of the main factor that distinguishes physiotherapists from other healthcare practitioners, with respect to others, is their extensive training in exercise prescription. Physiotherapists firmly believe in acting as a coach and assisting you in attaining an independent position in managing your symptoms.

Your therapist should also encourage a healthy lifestyle. Excessive body weight, poor nutrition habits, a sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy habits such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption are all things that can significantly hinder your body’s ability to heal. Make yourself a HUGE favor by adopting a healthy lifestyle in the New Year and see your chronic pain become history!

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Irfan Jessa, PT (Magic hands!)

I suffered a soft tissue injury while playing soccer a few years ago. I was told to wear an air cast for 4 weeks, which was then extended to 8 weeks with no result.

I removed the cast and started stretching, which helped, so I continued to play soccer until this past year when I noticed that both my feet and ankles were very painful after playing a game of soccer. 

I went to see Irfan.  He cured me in 5 sessions.  He has magic in his hands. I had tears in my eyes on my first session because it was painful, but with his patience and advice and the exercises he recommended, I am now 95% cured. He listens, asks questions, patient and gentle.

I would recommend Irfan to everyone.

Written by: Alyna Dharamsi


Homemade paleo chocolate!

Better than the Easter Bunny will bring!
Ingredients: 1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3 tablespoons of honey
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Instructions: Gently melt coconut oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir cocoa powder, honey and vanilla extract into melted oil until well blended. Pour mixture into a candy mold or pliable tray. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
All done!






Join us for the month of March for motivation!! 

Monday to Friday we will post some great fitness and health motivation for you.  From everything to exercise, recipes, spotlighting our amazing team and some tips for mental and physical health!

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Timeline is as follows:

Man Crush Monday

Health tips Tuesday

Woman Crush Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday


Let’s make March the most motivational month ever! 


by Lara Schamotta