Following a mastectomy, pain or discomfort can linger in your chest, shoulder, and arm. Some exercises and simple stretching can reduce stiffness and help you regain a full range of motion. Your doctor will likely have exercise suggestions and guidelines for what you should and should not do. Here are a few other stretches and exercises you can try to help with your recovery.
Before you begin, ask your doctor about performing these exercises if you’ve also had reconstructive surgery, as some may not be appropriate depending on the type of reconstruction you had. If your doctor has advised a limited range of shoulder or arm motion while you recover, you should modify these exercises to follow their recommendations. [Read more…]