Exercise after breast cancer op

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Exercise after breast cancer op

Postby pennycsf » Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:31 pm

Any breast cancer operation has an effect on muscle tone. Nerves are often cut, particularly when lymph nodes have been removed. This means that the arm on the "op" side may be stiff and the shoulder can also be affected.

Here are some simple exercises which I was given after my op and which I still use when I have any recurring stiffness or discomfort. The exercises are easy to do as they require no special equipment or clothing and can be added in to the daily routine.

Happy stretching!! :D
Penny
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Re: More Exercise after breast cancer op

Postby pennycsf » Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:47 pm

After a breast cancer op, whether a lumpectomy or mastectomy, there is an inevitable problem with movement in the arm on the operated side. This is worse when lymph nodes have also been removed. Targeted exercise after the op greatly improves the stiffness and helps to restore movement.

It is quite difficult to find any websites where the exercises are described in detail. However, an American site does just that as it has diagrams to help. The exercises are simple to follow and need no special equipment.

http://csf-forum.org/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=369&p=971#p971

Penny :D


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