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Stretches After Breast Cancer Surgery

    • During your early recovery period, you need to maintain the range of motion in your arm and shoulder. At your first post-surgery check up, ask your surgeon if you can start some of these simple stretches and exercises:

      • Shoulder shrugs: with your arms at your sides, pull your shoulders up towards your ears and hold for a few seconds. Repeat several times.

      • Raise your arms in front and to the side

      • Wall walks

      • Broomstick/yardstick behind the back or climbing

      • Hands behind head stretch

      • Arm away from body stretch (broomstick/yardstick to the side)

      • Overhead stretch

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      Hand head stretch
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      Arm body stretch
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      Overhead stretch
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      Behind the back stretch
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      Arms stretch-raises
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      Clasp lift stretch-raises
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      Climbing
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      Arm extension
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      Biceps curl
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      Upper torso stretch


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