Exercises

After breast cancer surgery your arm, neck and back can become stiff due to a lack of movement because of the pain and stitches. Exercise is needed to get back your range of motion, reduce swelling in the arm and avoid the “frozen shoulder”. Post-operative breast surgery exercises can help you feel and function better such as:

  • Better sense of control
  • Better sleep
  • Increase your arm movements and strength
  • Decrease anxiety and depression
  • Decrease lymph edema (arm swelling)
  • Decrease your pain
  • Enhance your life
  • Higher energy levels, less fatigue
  • Improve your moods
  • Improve your body and self-image
  • Improve scar and skin movement
  • Improve your social relationships
  • Improve your healing and recovery from surgery
  • Increase your aerobic capacity and endurance
  • Restore you back to normal
  • Weight loss

Wait 2 weeks after the removal of the surgical drainage tubes before beginning exercises. Check with your doctor about doing post surgery exercises and types. When you feel better try gentle stretching, and then advance to Beginners Pilates or Yoga.

Types of gentle exercises and stretches that can help are:

  • Shoulder rotations
  • Finger wall climbing
  • Forward and push back arm stretches