Pro Golf Health - Dr Dale Richardson
Titleist Performance Institute Advisory Medical Board
PGH is a leading performance health services company which has been involved in
professional golf for the past 11 years and contracts with some of the finest professional
golfers in the world, such as Padraig Harrington, Henrik Stenson, Robert Karlsson, Ross
Fisher, Oliver Wilson, Graeme McDowell and many more. PGH practitioners are in
attendance at over 30 tournaments on the European Tour & also 30 tournaments on the
PGA Tour. This is what their founding Director & Sports Chiropractor, Dr Dale Richardson,
has to say about Nemidon Gels....
“ProGolf Health selected Nemidon Gels as the product of choice for professional golfers.
All ProGolf Health Sports Chiropractors & Sports Physiotherapists use Nemidon Gels on
our professional golfers because we have found it to be the most effective product
in its field."
Nemidon Gels : Why and how we use them.
I began working in professional golf in 1990 and for the first 5 years I tried and trialled
a number of massage and soft tissue therapeutic gels looking for something that would
assist with the types of conditions I was discovering with professional golfers.
During this first 5 years of working with the players on the PGA Tour Australasia, it
became evident that with professional golfers there was a pattern of dysfunction.
The repetitive action, postural loading and neuromuscular imbalance pattern required
to play professional golf (and or for that matter, amateur golf over a number of years)
was creating an ongoing pathophysiological process of accumulative insult to the soft
tissues, to the joints and their capsules, ligaments & cartilages and to the neurological system.
The problem is that even though these stresses/insults are relatively small in the short
term, the cumulative affect is very damaging over the years that a professional golfer
has to practice & play to become successful at his/her trade.
These minor accumulating repetitive strains/sprains, neuromuscular postural loading
and patterns of movement were creating the foundation, if left untreated, for an
ongoing chronic injury cycle. Minor myofascial adhesions were being created and
affected the soft tissues, the joints (capsules, ligaments & cartilages) and the
neurological system (myofascial nerve entrapments). All of these soft tissue stresses
and neuromuscular dysfunctions build over time eventually leading to gross
dysfunction in the musculoskeletal system. In this state the professional golfer was
“an accident waiting to happen” as they might not have had any symptoms to this
stage. Typically they would present with low back, mid back, neck and or wrist
conditions which came on “out of the blue” or with very little stress involved.
Understanding the professional golfers pathophysiological process of decline is critical
to their care. This is why I am of the opinion that all professional golf injuries are
preventable. This comment obviously excludes any acute traumatic insult like being
hit by a golf ball, or spraining an ankle walking on an uneven surface etc. Critical also
in my process of discovery was to find a soft tissue gel or application that best worked
with the types of conditions that I was finding. What I mean by assisting the therapeutic
process” is that the product had to make the hands-on myofascial techniques, which I
was predominantly using, more effective or simply easier to do. Secondarily I wanted
to use something that, by my trials, proved to accelerate the healing of these conditions.
After trialing a significant number of products in my first 5 years, I discovered a
product made in New Zealand called “All Black ‘n Blue” by Sports Essentials
(the company is now named Nemidon Gels). There were a number of things that
impressed me about this product....
First, was its viscosity. It was perfect in assisting the myofascial techniques I employed
to deal with the soft tissue adhesions I was finding in the professional golfers, ie not
too oily or slippery, which would not allow enough traction, and not too thick, which in
turn would produce too much friction.
Secondly, what impressed me were the ingredients. All Black & Blue contained a
number of essential oils which I was familiar with and knew would accelerate the
healing process of the conditions I was treating.
Thirdly, I was impressed by the use of the Seaweed Colloids, a proven hydration
& delivery system for the ingredients deep into the dermal layers (for more
information on this point see http://www.nemidon.com/hydrating.php &
Finally, I was also impressed with its smell; a pleasant aroma, which remained so, both
to the players and myself, even when using it repeatedly during a tournament week.
So I began using the All Black ‘n Blue in 1995 and was then introduced to Nemidon
Gels’ other products: EZE, Ultra Hydration Gel, Footcare Gel & Chafe Block.
Immediately I began experimenting using a combination of All Black & Blue, Eze and
Ultra Hydration Gel on my professional golfers throughout their tournament weeks.
Over time I found that All Black ‘n Blue was best suited to the Tuesday and Wednesday
of the tournament week when I worked more deeply on the soft tissues and associated
structures in an attempt to get more long term changes.
Eze I found was best utilized post round on the Thursday, Friday & Saturday of the
tournament week, when my therapy was less demanding on the body and more
focused on the professional golfer’s cumulative chronic conditions that they had
developed over time from their sport. As for the pre-round musculoskeletal balancing
and warm up/stretch sessions (Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday of the tournament
week), the Ultra Hydration Gel mixed with other Chinese Medicine products I use (to
increase blood flow & heat in the muscles) has proven to be ideal.Of the many other
benefits associated with these products, it is important to note that Nemidon Gels as
a company are committed to ongoing research, ie double blind studies into the
effectiveness of their products.
For further information on such studies, please contact Nemidon Gels at
Dr Dale Richardson
Director, ProGolf Health