Taking care of one of the most complex joints in your body – your shoulders

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(June 24, 2015) – The shoulder is one of the most complex joints of the human body. It’s no wonder wear and tear take a toll.

That’s why Personal Trainer Angie Gallagher takes time with her clients to make sure they know the proper technique for strengthening the shoulder.  She says most people over train the parts of the shoulder they can see: the front and top and then forget about the back.

There are techniques to target the rotator cuff, using muscles that stabilize the shoulder.

“Using proper form,” says Gallagher, “is so important when you’re lifting weights.”

The overhead press is a popular shoulder exercise and a lot of people do it wrong.

“When you go up, make sure you don’t go behind your head,” says Gallagher.

Angie says it’s best to pretend you’re putting something on a high shelf. Reach out and up not back.

“When you’re lifting really heavy, it’s not bad, just go at a proper pace and use really good form and don’t swing the weight.”

That’s especially important with front and side raises. Make sure you keep momentum out of the movement.

Shoulders can get sore and even become injured. If you do believe you may have injured your shoulder, Gallagher says first

rest, ice it down and if you have long-term pain and swelling, go to the doctor, who may send you on to physical therapy.

“Use proper form, get adequate rest and don’t overdo it,” says Gallagher.

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