Mastectomy surgery leaves Care recipient (cr) with limited range of motion in the arms and shoulders

Try: #make sure the cr’s doctor says it’s okay to start exercises that raise arms above the head #if the doctor says yes begin the following exercises #lie down with hands about shoulder-width apart holding the stick in both hands keep elbows straight and slowly raise the stick over the head then bring the hands forward again repeat as tolerable #adjust the width of the hands on the stick if necessary for comfort # once the cr can do this exercise while lying down try it while standing up #for another way to improve mobility try the following stand in frond of a wall and walk fingers up the wall as high as possible pretend to climb a ladder with the hands make several tries and try to go a little further up the wall each time #try doing each of the three exercises ten times per session building up from one to three sessions a day as the ability to raise the arms improves increase the number of exercises per session

Materials: Stick or a broomstick golf club or dowel rod wall or door frame

Categories: Medical Physical, Female, Mobility, Mobile, Needs Some Assistance, Independence, No Supervision, Some Supervision, Cognitive Awareness, Fully Aware, Somewhat Aware

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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