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- Level one exercises
Level one exercises
These gentle exercises increase your ability to move your arm and shoulder and improve circulation.
Level one exercises can be done while lying on a bed or sitting in a chair. When you are not doing the exercises you may find it comfortable to rest your arm on a pillow.
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Tip: Gradually build up to doing each of these exercises 10 times 4 times a day.
Lift your shoulder slowly up towards your ears and roll backwards.
Bend your elbow and touch your shoulder with your hand. Then straighten your elbow completely.
Support your elbow on a pillow. Keep your hand relaxed and your arm by your side, then bend your wrist back and forth.
Make a fist and squeeze slowly, and then gently open fingers out and relax.
Download a PDF booklet on this topic.
This information has been developed by Cancer Council NSW on behalf of all other state and territory Cancer Councils as part of a National Cancer Information Working Group initiative.
We thank the reviewers of this information: Jane Turner, Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Sydney Survivorship Centre, Concord Hospital, NSW; Chris Jellies, Director, Domain Health, VIC; Marney Jury, Physiotherapist, Domain Health, VIC; Mary Shearer, The Breast and Endocrine Centre, Newcastle, NSW.
We would like to thank Cancer Council SA for kindly permitting its booklet Breast cancer surgery: information for women having breast cancer surgery to be used as source material for this resource, including the use of the exercise illustrations. Editors: Jenni Bruce, Jenny Mothoneos. Designer & Illustrator: Luisa Chisari.
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