A couple of weeks ago I noticed I didn't have complete range of motion with my left shoulder. Put your hands on your hips and try to flap your arms back and forth (like a chicken). Or bend your elbow and reach down your back. If there is resistance, you have limited range of motion.
I went to my chiropractor, Dr. Cherie, who works on the Senior LPGA golfers. She said my shoulder was starting to freeze up. Her advice? "NO golf for a couple of weeks." Since I trust her, I listened. I went in for 3 adjustments and meanwhile did the exercises she prescribed. You can find them on her website:
There's a tab with exercises and you can click on whatever ails you.
The reason I listened to Dr. Cherie and stopped playing for 1-1/2 weeks (I didn't wait the 2 weeks) is that I remember she has told me many times and, in fact, wrote in her chapter in our book, "Aches and pains don't come with age. They come with dysfunctional use." When you have pain you tend to overcompensate for it be using other parts of your body - that's what a limp is.
Most importantly she told me, "With your shoulder like this you're not going to swing the club correctly anyway."
The moral of the story is that if you are paying a professional to give you medical advice, listen to them. I do the exercises everyday, I've had a massage every week and yesterday I went back to playing - no pain, no strain, no limited motion.
Here's to a healthy, flexible, strong body