Exercise following a mastectomy might be the last thing on a patient's mind, but it's an important component for recovery.
Cheri Rudolf knows this all too well. She was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer in 2011, followed by chemotherapy, radiation and a double mastectomy. Cheri, who is the membership coordinator at Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness in Schererville, worked with the Omni trainers to help keep her strength and cardio endurance up during her treatments, which helped with her recovery.
Cheri demonstrates five exercises that can be done following a mastectomy (only after being cleared by your doctor to exercise). This workout was designed by Omni's exercise physiologist and wellness supervisor Jane Bogordos. "Following a mastectomy, patients may become stiff and lose mobility and strength in the shoulder and chest regions," Jane says. "The following stretches and strengthening exercises will help restore normal mobility in the shoulders and chest as well as improve strength."
Click through the photos above to view the exercises.