Effect of spinal manipulative therapy with stretching compared with stretching alone on full-swing performance of golf players: a randomized pilot trial

This study evaluates the effect of SMT by chiropractors on the performance of golf players. 43 participants were randomized to 1 of 2 groups: Group I received a stretch program, and group II received a stretch program in addition to SMT. Participants in both groups performed the same standardized stretching program. Spinal manipulative therapy to dysfunctional spinal segments was performed on group II only. All golfers performed 3 full-swing maneuvers. Ball range was considered as the average distance for the 3 shots. Treatment was performed after the initial measurement, and the same maneuvers were performed afterward. Each participant repeated these procedures for a 4-week period.  No improvement of full-swing performance was observed during the 4 sessions on group I. An improvement was observed at the fourth session of group II  when comparing the posttreatment, group II had statistical significance at all phases.

Chiropractic SMT in association with muscle stretching may be associated with an improvement of full-swing performance when compared with muscle stretching alone.

Soraya M.V. Costa, Yumi E.T. Chibana, Leandro Giavarotti, Débora S. Compagnoni, Adriana H. Shiono, Janice Satie, Eduardo S.B. Bracher. Effect of spinal manipulative therapy with stretching compared with stretching alone on full-swing performance of golf players: a randomized pilot trial. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2009 8(4), 165-170

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