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Recommended Post-Mastectomy Exercises

One week after the drains have been removed and with your physician's approval, you may begin full range of motion exercises with your arms. Continue exercising until shoulder motion and comfort have returned to normal. Normal shoulder motion is achieved when you can perform the same motions with the arm on the operated side as you can with the arm on the non-operated side. DO NOT do any weight-bearing exercises until you have regained full range of motion.

Shoulder - Cane Overhead - Supine: Hold cane at thighs with both hands, extend arms straight over head. Hold for 10 seconds. Perform 10 repetitions twice a day.

Shoulder - Cane Overhead - Supine

Shoulder - Cane Majorette - Standing: Holding cane majorette style down across trunk, raise toward ceiling. Perform 10 repetitions twice a day.

Shoulder - Cane Majorette - Standing

Shoulder - Elevation/Depression: While slowly inhaling, bring shoulders toward ears. Hold for 10 seconds. Slowly exhale while relaxing shoulders backward and downward. Perform 10 repetitions twice a day.

Shoulder - Elevation/Depression

Shoulder - Range of Motion - Abduction: Holding wand with right hand, palm-up, push wand directly out to the side, leading with your other hand, palm-down, until you feel a stretch. Hold for 5 seconds. Perform 10 repetitions twice times a day.

Range of Motion - Abduction

Shoulder - Range of Motion - Wand - Flexion: Bring wand directly overhead, leading with the uninvolved side. Reach backward until you feel a stretch. Hold for 5 seconds. Perform 10 repetitions twice times a day.

Shoulder - Range of Motion - Wand - Flexion

Shoulder - Range of Motion - Stretching - Flexion: Slide your arm up the wall with your palm facing toward you, moving closer to the wall. Hold for 10 seconds. Perform 10 repetitions twice a day.

Shoulder - Range of Motion - Stretching

Breathing - Diaphragmatic: Hands on navel, inhale through the nose making navel move out towards hands. Exhale through puckered lips, hands following the exhalation in. Perform 10 repetitions, resting 5 seconds in between repetitions, twice daily.

Breathing - Diaphragmatic

Head/Neck - Side Bend: Head centered, chin horizontal, slowly bend right ear to shoulder. Hold for 10 seconds and return to center. Repeat on the left. Perform 10 repetitions twice a day.

Head/Neck - Side Bend

Head/Neck - Turn: Head centered, chin horizontal, slowly turn to look over your right shoulder and then your left shoulder. Hold for 5 seconds at each shoulder. Perform 10 repetitions twice a day.

Head/Neck - Turn

Cervical Spring - Flexibility - Corner Stretch: Standing in the corner with you hands at shoulder level and feet 10 inches from corner, lean forward until a comfortable stretch is felt across your chest. Hold for 5 seconds. Perform 10 repetitions twice a day.

Cervical Spring - Flexibility - Corner Stretch

Weight Bearing Exercises

Holding light weights, raise arms backward while keeping elbows straight. Perform 10 repetitions twice a day.

Weight Bearing Exercises