Exercises to Do After Mastectomy

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Shoulder shrug
How to do the shoulder-shrug exercise
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While you sit or stand, lift your shoulders toward your ears. Relax your shoulders, and let them drop to their usual position.

Shoulder roll
How to do the shoulder-roll exercise
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While you sit or stand, roll your shoulders from front to back and up to down.

Shoulder blade stretch
How to do the shoulder blade stretch exercise
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  1. While you sit or stand, place your arms down straight, palms front.
  2. Raise your arms and bring your hands together above your head.
  3. Hold for 5 seconds.
  4. Repeat 2 or 3 times.
Overhead reach
How to do the overhead-reach exercise
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  1. While you sit or stand, clasp your hands together and extend your elbows.
  2. Lift your arms toward your head.
  3. Hold for 3 seconds.
  4. Repeat 2 or 3 times.
Shoulder pinch
How to do the shoulder-pinch exercise
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  1. Stand with your arms at your sides.
  2. Bring your elbows back, and squeeze your shoulder blades together. Keep your shoulders back and down.
  3. Hold for 5 seconds.
  4. Repeat 2 or 3 times.
Wall climb
How to do the wall-climb exercise
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  1. While you stand, face a wall, with one hand on the wall.
  2. Walk your fingers up the wall until you feel a stretch.
  3. Hold that position for 5 seconds.
  4. Slowly walk your fingers back down to the starting position.
  5. Repeat 2 or 3 times.
Elbow circles
How to do the elbow-circles exercise
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  1. While you sit or stand, put your right hand on your right shoulder, and your left hand on your left shoulder.
  2. Raise your elbows until you feel a stretch.
  3. Make circles with your elbows. Start small and then make larger circles.
  4. Change direction with your circles.
  5. Repeat 2 or 3 times.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Douglas A. Stewart, MD - Medical Oncology

Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

Current as of: November 14, 2014

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Douglas A. Stewart, MD - Medical Oncology