4 Chest Exercises to Try Post Surgery


4 chest exercises to help you get back into shape after surgery

Having any kind of surgery being a breast cancer patient is very common. When it comes to getting your chest back into shape it’s extremely important to start with simple exercises, as most of these surgeries can affect your upper body movement. By doing the following chest exercise you are not only helping to regain your movement back, but you are also decreasing the risk of side effects you can have after these surgeries. If you’ve just had surgery, try these 4 easy chest exercises courtesy of American Cancer Society.


Wand Exercise: This exercise helps increase your ability to move your shoulders forward. You will need a broom handle, yardstick, or other stick-like objects to use as the wand in this exercise. Do these exercises on a bed or the floor. Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat.

  • Hold the wand across your belly in both hands with your palms facing up.
  • Lift the wand up over your head as far as you can. Use your unaffected arm to help lift the wand until you feel a stretch in your affected arm.
  • Hold for 5 seconds.
  • Lower arms and repeat 5 to 7 times.

Chest Wall Stretch: Doing the chest wall stretch will help you by not only stretching out your chest but also opening it up.

  • Stand to face a corner with your toes 8 to 10 inches from the corner. Bend your elbows and put your forearms, one on each side of the corner. Your elbows should be near your shoulder height.
  • Keep your arms and feet in place and begin to move your chest toward the corner. When you start to feel a stretch hold it there for up to 5 deep breaths.
  • Repeat 5 to 7 times.

Side Bend Stretch: When doing this exercise and stretch it will help increase the movement of your trunk and body along with stretching out your chest.

  • Sit in a chair and hold your hands together in front of your body. Slowly, begin to lift your arms over your head and straighten them.
  • When your arms are over your head start to bend your body to the right but keep your arms over your head.
  • Go back to the starting position and do this for your left side.
  • Repeat 5 to 7 times.

Elbow Winging: This exercise helps increase the movement in the front of your chest and shoulder. It may take many weeks of regular exercise before your elbows will get close to the bed or floor. Do these exercises on a bed or the floor. Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat.

  • Clasp your hands behind your neck with your elbows pointing toward the ceiling.
  • Move your elbows apart and down toward the bed or floor.
  • Repeat 5 to 7 times.

Completing these chest exercise a few times throughout the week you are helping yourself heal faster. Exercising has always been shown to help boost your mood which is a needed thing after surgery, making sure you are getting out and completing these exercises are great for both your mental and physical wellness!

By | 2018-03-07T12:56:18+00:00 March 9th, 2018|Fitness|Comments Off on 4 Chest Exercises to Try Post Surgery

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