Shooting Season & Chiropractic

Shooting Injuries

Hello everyone,

As I mentioned in my last post, much of what I put on here, as well as (hopefully) being informative and of interest, will be influenced by the passions in my life.

One of those passions (besides Chiropractic, ice packs and the rehab exercises I know you’ve all been doing) is shotgun shooting. This was a sport I was introduced to at an early age but one I only really got into after numerous injuries forced me to give up other sports, particularly rugby.

The reason I choose this particular topic for my second blog post is the recent start of the game shooting season in England and Wales on the 12th August, with partridge season following close behind on the 1st September and the recent start of the pheasant season 1st October. So I know many of you shooters if you haven’t been keeping your eye in clay shooting over the summer months will soon be starting to.

For those not familiar, shooting is a sport of precision and due to its repetitive nature one that requires a surprising level of endurance. Although technically a static sport injuries may be experienced from doing the same thing over and over again, and thus putting a toll on the body physically. Also let’s not forget the recoil of the gun every time the trigger is pulled which has been measured reaching over 6000 lbs of force within 0.5 milliseconds.

So what sort of injuries can a regular shooter be subjected to?

Shooters are prone to a range of problems including:

  • Headaches

  • Neck and jaw pain

  • Mid and lower back pain

  • Shoulder and arm pain

  • Hip, knee and ankle pain

Due to prolonged postural stresses, impact from the recoil of the gun or, more often than not, a combination of the two.

So we’ve spoken a little about what problems you could experience, so how about treating them?

As chiropractors we are trained to assess and treat all of the areas of the body listed above. Not only can we help treat any current injuries but we can give you help and advice on preventing the return of any injuries as well as keeping them at bay to start with.

Treatment can take the form of gentle manipulation or mobilisation of the joints as well as a combination of soft tissue work and everyone’s favourite rehab exercises. As well as advice on conditioning and preparing the body for shooting. Warming up and cooling down are as important in shooting as in any sport.

There is a lot more detail that we could go into on the different injuries and the reasons why shooting may be the cause them but I fear you would all soon be snoring.

However if you do have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us:

Tel – 01509 414796

Email –

I am currently offering free 15 minute spine checks where you will get the opportunity to discuss any problems (shooting related or not) to see if chiropractic is right for you.

Will Gilder BSc MChiro DC (Doctor of Chiropractic)


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