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    Exercises to Do After Mastectomy

    Exercises to Do After Mastectomy

    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.
    By Healthwise Staff
    Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
    Douglas A. Stewart, MD - Medical Oncology
    Last Revised June 28, 2013

    Last Revised: June 28, 2013

    Author: Healthwise Staff

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

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