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How to Do Arm Exercises After Breast Surgery


Updated August 08, 2012

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Corner Push-Ups - Standing Exercise
Corner Stretches

Corner Stretches

Illustration © Pam Stephan

Corner push-ups are a great way to stretch your pectoral muscles - major muscles that cross your chest. All you need is a corner of a room and some time to do your corner push-ups. Stretching your pectoral muscles helps you recover from breast surgery.

Corner Push-Ups - Standing Exercise

After breast or shoulder surgery, your chest muscles may feel tight and rigid. One way to get those muscles moving again is by doing some corner push-ups. If you don't have a corner of a room with enough clear wall and floor space to use, find an open doorway to use instead. The idea is to use your body's own weight to passively exercise those chest muscles.

  1. Walk up to a corner of a room and rest both forearms on the wall, having your upper arms level with the floor. While standing up straight, take about half a step backwards. This will be your starting position.
  2. With your back straight, and keeping your forearms and feet still, lean gently into the corner until you feel a good stretch. You should feel your shoulder blades moving in towards your spine. Hold this position for about 30 seconds, then gently return to Position 1.

Repeat this exercise three times, then take a rest break. Be sure not to bend your spine or scoot your arms along the wall while doing the corner push-ups. If you can't lean into the corner very far, that's OK - just do what you can. Move gently and smoothly. Stop if you feel pain. Over time, you will be able to do the corner push-ups correctly.

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