(Keywords: PAIN FREE GOLF, chiropractic books, chiropractic help, Christian Reichardt)
“Most golfers set up in an anatomically incorrect, biomechanically convoluted posture and then crank on the strength in order to try to overcome this issue. It only leads to injuries and pain!”
Working with many celebrities and athletes led to Christian Reichardt receiving an invitation to work with the Professional Golfers Association.
Out of his experience, he decided to write PAIN FREE GOLF. Written by Dr. Christian Reichardt with John Klages, Pain-Free Golf is billed as “the golfer’s handbook with easy, proven techniques for playing the game pain-free”. Dr. Reichardt is a chiropractor by trade, a certified yoga instructor, and an advisor for Golf Fitness Magazine.
In addition, he lectures for the PGA of America. Dr Reichardt advises: one simple thing that nearly every golfer can do to improve their comfort is to “learn to set up in a neutral posture and swing through the ball. Stop trying to “hit” the ball!!”
The inroduction makes a few claims about the contents of the text:
The book is presented in an elementary, easy to read style with clear diagrams. The first 38 pages discusses the dynamics of pain, muscles, and movements with some discussion of equipment and swing mechanics. Next, a self-test to assess your "golf fitness" is included. Complete instructions for taking the test and how to score are clearly spelled out. Readers find their score and then their pain areas and are directed to associated chapters to find stretches and movements to work on their unique needs.
Dr. Reichardt also gives golf lessons in the Los Angeles area that focus on proper stance and form to avoid pain. His goal is to help the golfer play with more comfort and less injury. The message – have fun, "play golf; don’t work golf".
Many insurance companies now only pay for physical therapists to provide a chiropractic adjustment; that's in the face of powerful research proving that inclusion of DCs to perform their own technique would save them a good deal of money. One has to conclude that political medicine has gone off on another tack to contain our profession.
It's being successful with some doctors of chiropractic quitting. Others become involved in some dodgy practices, like demanding that patients sign up for a whole year of treatment in advance, in order to stay in business.
In recessionary times, the going is tough when the insurance won't pay.
Is the day approaching for a new Wilk versus the AMA and the insurance companies?
The chiropractic profession has tried hard to stay on the moral high ground; those who stoop to unscrupulous practices need to be exposed and disciplined if we are not to stoop to the low blows that medicine has often resorted to contain and eliminate us.