Yoga, Pilates and Mastectomy
Mastectomies and breast reconstruction surgeries are on the increase in recent years, since breast cancer affects far too many women making the cooperation between an oncologist and a plastic surgeon a ‘new fashioned’ way to treat breast cancer.
Single-stage breast reconstruction is often recommended for psychological reasons. Nevertheless, satisfying cosmetic results can also be achieved with two-stage delayed reconstruction When a woman has a positive attitude towards surgery, she feels the same about reconstruction. Nevertheless, psychological support is significant and we recommended that you start exercise (yoga or pilates) 4-8 weeks after the operation, so as to avoid stitches breaking and implants displacement (shifting). Let the wound heal and avoid tension in muscles (i.e. avoid lying on your stomach during the first two weeks) It is necessary to say that mastectomy does not affect the muscular system at all. Reconstruction can cause the muscle to shift without sacrificing muscle structure.
What you have to deal with is fear. Many women often, feel afraid, ashamed or they neglect. Mastectomy may affect your self image and it takes time, psychological support and willingness to find your balance. And above all, faith You can make it! Otherwise, there are no movement restrictions. Of course it is important to maintain the balance in your body (i.e. when exercising your abdominal muscles). As far as exercise frequency is concerned this depends on the exercise history.
It must be highlighted that mastectomy does not cause arm stiffness. Fear is what makes patients limit movement of the opposite non-operated arm causing stiffness.