How Can Exercise Help Someone Recover From a Mastectomy?
Exercise can play a crucial role in aiding the recovery process after a mastectomy (surgical removal of the breast). It’s important to note that the type and intensity of exercise should be tailored by a CETI Cancer Exercise Specialist to the individual’s specific condition, overall health, and medical advice. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any exercise regimen after a mastectomy. Here’s how exercise can help with recovery:
Strengthening Muscles: Exercises that target the chest, back, shoulder, and arm muscles can help regain strength. Strengthening these muscles can improve posture, reduce discomfort, and assist in daily activities.
Pain Management: Controlled and appropriate exercise can help manage post-surgery pain. Engaging in regular low-impact activities can stimulate the release of endorphins, which are natural pain-relieving hormones.
Psychological Benefits: Exercise can have positive effects on mental well-being, helping to alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression often associated with surgery and recovery. Participating in physical activity can promote a sense of accomplishment and overall positivity.
Bone Health: Weight-bearing exercises, under guidance, can help maintain bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis, which can be of particular concern for some individuals after a mastectomy.
Cardiovascular Health: Cardiovascular exercises like brisk walking, cycling, or swimming can improve overall heart and lung health, enhancing stamina and energy levels during recovery.
Body Image and Confidence: Engaging in exercise can contribute to an improved body image and self-confidence. Participating in activities that make you feel good about yourself can be empowering.
Social Engagement: Joining support groups or exercise classes specifically designed for breast cancer survivors can provide a sense of community and emotional support during the recovery journey.
Gradual Progression: It’s important to start with low-intensity exercises and gradually increase intensity and duration as the body heals. Overexertion should be avoided to prevent complications or setbacks. Consult a CETI Cancer Exercise Specialist for individualized exercise programming to help aid recovery safely and effectively.
Remember, the recovery process after a mastectomy varies for each individual. Always consult a CETI Cancer Exercise Specialist before starting any exercise program, as they can provide personalized advice based on your medical history, surgery type, and overall health. A CETI Cancer Exercise Specialist can help design a safe and effective exercise plan tailored to your needs.