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How To Improve Your Shoulders and Avoid Injury

Shoulder injuries are by far the most common injury we see in the gym/weightlifting population. Here are 2 tips to prevent this from happening to you. And as they say, prevention is better than cure!

“Strength AND Flexibility” It’s all well and good to have big strong muscles. But if your shoulders are tight and you keep smashing your way through limited range of motion with big ass weights, you are begging for an injury. Spend some time working on your flexibility: stretch your lats, stretch your pecs, stretch your rotator cuff, work your thoracic mobility, and improve your overhead mobility. “Muscle Balance Between Front and Back” For most people way too much gym time is spent working on the pecs and front delts, because they look good right?! This leads to an imbalance in strength of the anterior (front) muscle groups versus the posterior (back) muscle groups. This causes impingement and rotator cuff issues and all sorts of shoulder problems. If you want healthy shoulders, then work on developing a big strong upper back. You should probably do about twice as much pulling/rowing as you do pushing/pressing movements.

If you need help, reach out to our caring and friendly team at our Chatswood or North Sydney Physiotherapy Clinic. You’ll be glad you did.

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