Recovering from a mastectomy can be a challenging journey, both physically and emotionally. The process involves not only healing from surgery but also rebuilding a sense of self and confidence. Exercise after mastectomy can have significant impact on both of these areas.
Engaging in physical activity after mastectomy can offer a multitude of benefits for both physical and mental well-being. In this article, we will explore the significance of exercise post-mastectomy and shed light on the role of specialist post mastectomy sports bras in this journey.
Physical Benefits of Exercise After Mastectomy
1- Restoring Range of Motion and Strength:
Following mastectomy surgery, scar tissue and muscle tightness can lead to reduced range of motion and strength in the chest and shoulder area. Engaging in controlled and targeted exercises can help regain flexibility and strengthen muscles, promoting better posture and overall physical function.
2- Lymphatic System Health:
Lymphoedema, a potential side effect of breast cancer treatment, can cause fluid buildup and swelling in the region. Regular exercise, especially exercises that promote lymphatic flow, can aid in preventing or managing lymphoedema by promoting proper circulation and drainage.
3- Bone Health:
Certain cancer treatments may lead to decreased bone density. Weight-bearing exercises like walking, light jogging, or resistance training can improve bone health and reduce the risk of fractures.
Mental and Emotional Benefits of Exercise After Mastectomy
1- Boosting Self-Confidence:
Exercise and physical activity release those feel good hormones endorphins, giving you a little natural high. It can help restore a sense of control over one’s body, fostering increased self-confidence and body positivity.
2- Reducing Stress and Anxiety:
Those endorphins can also help to alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression, promoting a more positive outlook on life. Exercise also gives you mental space and time to just be yourself, not someone defined by other circumstance.
3- Empowerment and Resilience:
Setting and achieving exercise goals can instill a sense of empowerment and resilience. Overcoming physical challenges during workouts can translate into a newfound sense of strength in facing challenges beyond the gym.
Sports Bras for Exercise Post Mastectomy
One of the most significant concerns for women wanting to exercise after mastectomy is finding suitable attire for it. Sports bras with pockets for breast forms are a game-changer in this regard.
At KnockerLocker we have chosen to retail the Extreme Control sports bra from our trusted partner Anita. Anita Care is the specialised branch of the company that have years of experience in both post mastectomy bras, lymphoedema garments and breast prostheses.
These specialised bras are designed to accommodate breast prostheses securely, providing a comfortable and natural fit. Here is why they are essential:
1- Prosthesis Security:
The specific pockets allow breast forms to be held securely in place; giving the all important confidence that there will be no escapee prosthesis mid jumping jack.
2- Breast support:
Unilateral mastectomies are still more common than bilateral. This means the remaining breast will still require the excellent support the Anita Care Extreme Control delivers. Rated a Power 4 by KnockerLocker, this bra will support you through the bounciest of workouts.
The design of the Anita Care Extreme control sports bra provides a beautiful seamfree terry lining next to the skin, minimising the risk of any chafing or irritation.
4- Customizable Support:
The Anita Care Extreme Control comes with a 3 hook fastening at the back; regular orientated, adjustable, wide, padded shoulder straps. This allows you to adjust the bra to the fit you find both comfortable and secure.
Exercise after mastectomy is not just about physical recovery but also about reclaiming one’s sense of self and well-being. Wearing a specific sports bras with pockets for breast forms for post-mastectomy exercise routines can be a crucial step in enhancing comfort, confidence, and overall enjoyment during physical activities.
Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any exercise regimen after surgery to ensure that it aligns with your individual needs and recovery process.
Remember, the journey towards holistic healing encompasses both the body and the mind, and exercise can be a powerful tool in achieving that balance.