Physiotherapy After Breast Cancer

Physiotherapy After Breast Cancer
It is estimated that approximately 1 in 10 women will require gynaecological surgery.

Many women with breast cancer undergo some kind of surgery. You may have had one or more of these procedures:

  • Breast biopsy
  • Lymph node biopsy or removal
  • Breast conservation surgery (lumpectomy)
  • Mastectomy
  • Breast reconstruction


Any of these procedures can affect your shoulder and arm movement or your ability to take a deep breath. This can make day-to-day activities difficult such as dressing, showering or brushing your hair. Neck and shoulder pain and stiffness can cause weakness and lead to further stiffness in the arm and shoulder. Research has shown that restriction of movement in the shoulder can persist 1 year after surgery in almost 25% of patients.

How can physiotherapy help after Breast Cancer?
  • Specific exercises can help regain flexibility of the shoulder and arm
  • Breathing exercises- will help maintain normal movement of your chest, as well as being helpful for relaxation purposes
  • Postural correction / awareness is crucial
  • Aerobic Exercise to increase general fitness levels in a safe, gradual way. There is evidence that fitness and weight loss may even help reduce the risk of recurrence for some types of cancer.


At Anatomy Physiotherapy, Suzanne can assess your individual needs and give you a tailored, specific exercise program to address these issues.


It is advised to book in for a post-operative physiotherapy check as soon as you feel up to coming for an appointment.