lymphedema physical therapy exercises at home

We’ve already discussed the many physical therapy exercises your physical therapist may perform on you in order to treat the lymphedema caused by breast cancer or radiation treatment. These are just a few of the exercises your physical Therapist can practice on you depending on your specific condition. If you’re in the area, visit the best San Diego Physical Therapy Clinic.

Shoulder Flexion-Standing

This exercise can also be performed with both arms simultaneously, just like other exercises.

  • Stand straight or keep your spine straight and your arms out in front of you.
  • Now, hold one pound in each hand and point your palms at your body.
  • Slowly, raise your arms by gently moving in a slow and gentle motion.
  • After your arms are almost done, pause and keep this position for approximately six seconds
  • Slowly, return to your starting position. Remember not to show your arms. Use control motions and keep your hands close to your body.
  • For a few seconds, rest and then do the same exercise again for 10 times.

Shoulder Abduction–Standing

Similar to other exercises, this exercise can also be done with both arms simultaneously. We can help! Visit the #1 Rancho Penasquitos Physical Therapy Clinic.

  • With your arms down, stand in an anatomical pose with your arms at your side.
  • Hold one pound of weight in each palm, with the palm facing forward
  • Gently lift your arms to the sides.
  • When your arms reach overhead but not fully, stop here and hold the position for approximately 6 seconds
  • Slowly lower your arms.
  • After a brief rest, repeat the shoulder exercise 10 times.

Pole Walking–Standing

This exercise requires a set fitness walking poles. They should have a hand strap at their top. These poles should always be in front of your stride.

  • Take the poles and hold them in your hands
  • Place your right foot forward and raise your left hand at your waist.
  • Just behind your right, your left foot will be hit by the ground’s left pool.
  • As you walk, make sure your spine is straight.
  • Now, place your right arms behind and form a line starting at your right tip.
  • Your left foot should be rolled from heel to tip. Keep your feet moving forward with your toes
  • While you pole-walk, alternate your feet and pole. Keep a straight posture.

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