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Breast surgery involves cutting the tissue of or closing a previously sustained wound in the tissue of a patient’s breast. This kind of surgery can be related to breast reduction, mammoplasty augmentation, mastectomy, lumpectomy, matopexy, breast conservation, incisions for drainage of a breast abscess, excision of lactiferous ducts, microdochectomy, an implant, and a number of other procedures. After surgery, patients are advised to stay away from vigorous exercise like running, jumping, and heavy lifting for 4 to 6 weeks to prevent the breast from suffering physical trauma while healing.
Hold a broom handle across your stomach with both hands. With palms facing up, lift the broom as far over your head as you can. Hold that position for 5 seconds. Lower your arms. Do this exercise between 5 and 7 times. It helps increase range of motion.
Chest wall stretch
While standing straight, drape a long bath towel over your right shoulder. Grab the front of the towel with your right hand. With your left hand grab the end of the towel that’s behind your back. Gently pull the towel downward with your right hand. When you feel the left arm stretch and the shoulder rotate, hold it for 30 seconds and then relax. Do 3 towel stretches on the right then switch and do 3 on the other side. Do this twice a day. It improves range of motion and the internal rotation of the shoulder joint.
Taking a warm shower is a great way to relax your muscles before exercising. Do all movements slowly. When you feel begin to feel your muscles stretching gently, hold the position for about 5 seconds. This helps to stretch the skin and muscles the surgery may have shortened. Focus on doing the exercises correctly. Taking deep breaths as you do the exercises is also important. Never bounce or do jerky movements while exercising. Do only gentle stretching. If you feel pain, stop immediately. If the pain persists, call your doctor.
It’s important to do regular exercises after breast surgery. Work with your surgeon to develop a time table for your readiness to begin doing some type of exercise. Whether you had augmentation, an implant, heart disease, or trauma, breast surgery is tough and scary, and dangerous. Fortunately with deep breathing, stretching, and strength training under the supervision of a skilled professional, healing is possible. Studies show the earlier people start doing exercises after breast surgery, the better their chances for a full recovery.
Still, recovery takes time. Take two weeks after your surgery to assess your health. Get all the information you can. Work to create an exercise program that helps to heal you and improve tour overall health. You can live a full life after breast surgery by gradually working your self back to good health. Just create and consistently follow a good exercise program.