A series of articles written by Dr. Gray as published in Space Coast Sportsfor golf / sports related injuries that maybe holding you back from the best game of your life!
Chiropractic, Healthcare’s missing link
Shoulder impingement vol 3 In my practice, after neck and back pain, the next most common area of injury is the shoulder. The shoulder is the most freely mobile joint in the body, one that allows for tremendous mobility. This mobility also gives it great opportunity for injury.Shoulder function in the golf swing is very important. You can get by with less-than-optimal shoulder function, but usually the pain and inconsistency will inspire you to start an investigative process into how to restore/improve your function and lessen the pain. As I have mentioned in my previous articles, your spine and pelvis play a tremendous role in the golf swing. The plane, rotation and turn allow for the shoulder to start your take away and complete your back swing. Your shoulders functional importance determines the degree of acceleration through the ball and your follow through. Most importantly is whether or not you compensate for improper shoulder function by “coming over the top”, when observed is usually started by right shoulder lifting or compensating in right handed golfers. (Reverse for you lefties).The shoulder joint is complex to say the least, and in my 30+ years of practice almost everyone has some level of impingement or impairment that does not warrant surgery, (until left untreated for a length of time), but can be corrected with a specific gleno-humeral technique usually administered with no discomfort, allowing you to return to normal day to day activities and sports immediately, with renewed energy and abilities. This can greatly reduce the need for surgeries, which come with side effects. Movements in the shoulder joint are aided by large muscle groups, such as, but not limited to, lats, traps, pecs and rhomboids. Of course the group that gets the most press in shoulder injuries is the rotator cuff group. I have found in the thousands of shoulders I have treated I have been able to help the greater majority. Shoulder impingement is a very common issue, (prevalent in sports), but can be found in auto accidents,(shoulder harness), mother’s picking up babies with one arm, lugging unusually heavy bags, mechanics, hairdressers, carpenters, weightlifters and anyone involved in throwing sports such as football, basketball and baseball, stick or racquet sports like lacrosse, tennis and hockey and of course GOLF!! I would wager the majority of people over 18 years of age have some shoulder dysfunction issues that can be corrected conservatively with chiropractic before any therapy or surgery is needed. To find out if Dr. Gray’s proprietary shoulder technique can help you call his Suntree office at 321-622-6778 for your complimentary consultation.
SI Joint dysfunction vol 2
Hello again, I hope you have been playing golf and having fun! In my last article I spoke about how the golf swing relies on spinal rotation to keep a consistent swing path. In the same subject, but to a more specific region, an often over looked and misdiagnosed condition of the sacroiliac joint is also a big contributor to a poor spinal rotation. Let me explain, the sacroiliac is made up of three bones, the right and left ilium (hip) and a triangular bone called the sacrum. The L5 disc sits on top of the base of the triangular sacrum and above that stacks the rest of your spine. The sacrum is supposed to have the ability to move within the confines of the right and left hip. Due to a wide array of trauma, beginning as early as learning to walk, the sacrum can become fully or partially subluxated. This is why chiropractic is so important even when we are children. To correct our spinal subluxations as they occur, in most cases, insures a faster stabilization, as the muscle memory has not taken over holding us in this mal-positioned state. We put our bodies through a myriad of mini traumas growing up. Our bodies are resilient, but each micro trauma to our spine accumulates to the degree in which it causes spinal misalignment, which then becomes acute and eventually chronic, causing aches and pains in our daily routines. If not caught and treated properly this condition can cause a multitude of other ailments. When we are talking about the sacrum in this text, you can see symptoms such as leg, hip and low back pain, numbness, stiffness and swelling often occur. The not so obvious symptoms are knee and foot pain and constipation. On the chart below you can recognize what these can do to your rotation during your golf swing. If you have a subluxated sacrum you may have difficulty achieving a solid hip turn, your body now has to compensate making your spine and knees work harder which in turn causes more back and knee pain. A specific 5 minute adjustment can begin to bring back the correct positioning of the sacrum and lessen the trauma to the rest of the body, helping all your joints feel better. This malady is often misdiagnosed; but can be detected by an experienced Chiropractor through x-ray and a few diagnostic tests. The treatment will vary per patient but basically consists of a specific adjustment, which can be followed by rehabilitative exercise, (that you can do at home), and a few supplements such as glucosamine chondroitin and MSM. Always consult with your health care professional before starting any supplemental therapies. Dr. Marc Gray, chiropractic physician at Suntree Chiropractic in Suntree Business Park, has had 30 + years of diagnosing and successfully treating this condition. To get more information on how chiropractic can help your body and game visit www.suntreechiropractic.com or call 321-622-6778 to set your appointment today.
Why are Chiropractic Physicians a part of the traveling PGA health care team?
Our Proprioception impulse VOL. 4
I was standing on the practice range the other day and to my left was a medical doctor and to my right was another Chiropractic physician. We went through our routines and chatted between shots about what ‘is’ the golf swing, how does it happen? We were speaking generally about technique, but during the conversation it occurred to me why so many golfers treat with Chiropractors. Proprioception
The golf swing would not be possible, or for
that matter any specific action, without our bodies proprioception impulse.
This impulse is the one that *1 ‘Even with our eyes closed, we have a sense of body position. Muscles,
tendons, joints and the inner ear contain proprioceptors, also known as stretch
receptors, which relay positional information to our brains. Our brains then
analyze thisinformation and provide us with a sense of body orientation and
movement’. *2 ‘The awareness of posture and changes in equilibrium makes us aware
of position, weight, and resistance of objects as they relate to the body’. In golf, the player’s ability to co-ordinate
all the proprioceptive impulses received by our brain and use them to complete
a task such as a golf swing is paramount to the success of the game. This leads
me back to Chiropractic and the thousands of benefits it creates for our bodies
which we turn into actions.