Brugger Exercise for Breast Surgery patients

Brugger Exercise:  For patients that had breast surgery, this will be a particularly important exercise as it facilitates improved lymphatic flow and decreases anterior shoulder tightness.  It is also an excellent exercise to improve posture and facilitate correct breathing.

Step 1:

  • Sit comfortably on a chair, back straight, chest up, head over the shoulders.
Step 2:
  • Press your shoulders down as if carrying heavy bags.
  • Open fingers wide and rotate through the upper arm so the shoulders open, pointing your thumbs behind you.
  • Release to neutral and repeat 10 times.

Seated Butterfly Stretch

ButterflyStretch CollageSeated butterfly stretch is a terrific way to mobilize and strengthen your hips and lower back. This exercise gently strengthens your abdominal and hip flexors and stretches your hip adductors (inner thighs), gluteal muscles and lower back.

Begin sitting tall with a straight spine, placing the bottoms of your feet together in front of you. Use your outer thighs to draw your knees towards the floor, while holding your ankles. Use your abdominal muscles to fold forward.

Hold the pose for approximately 30 seconds to 1 minute and repeat 3-5 times. Remember to breathe deeply throughout the exercise and try to release as much muscle tension as possible with each breathe!

*Modification: If you are unable to maintain a straight spine, sit on a rolled up towel/yoga mat/blanket.

Elbow Curls

Elbow Curls are a terrific exercise to activate and rejuvenate the muscles of the upper back and shoulders. This exercise serves as a reminder to the shoulder to act as a hinge joint as well as a ball and socket. Elbow Curls are an excellent way to improve shoulder mobility, improve posture and overall shoulder and mid spine health.

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  • Place your knuckles on your temples with your hands in the golfer’s grip position so that your elbows are pointed straight forward.
  • Open and close your elbows together in front of you with your thumbs facing downward throughout the entire exercise.
  • Hold each repetition for 3-5 seconds and repeat 20-30x

Improve your lower back and knee health with the Pigeon Pose Exercise

Pigeon Pose is an excellent stretch to open your hips and increase mobility.
Increased hip mobility is directly related to improved lower back and knee health!
This pose helps to increase the length of the hip flexors/adductors/gluteal muscles all which can become tight with prolonged periods of sitting.
  • Begin on your hands and knees in the quadruped position (table position).
  • Bring your right knee between your hands, placing your right ankle near your left wrist. Extend your left leg behind you so your kneecap and the top of your foot rest on the floor.
  • Press through your fingertips as you lift your torso away from your thigh. Lengthen the front of your body. Release your tailbone back toward your heels. Work on squaring your hips and the front side of your torso to the front of your mat.
  • Draw down through your front-leg shin and balance your weight evenly between your right and left hips. Press down through the tops of all five toes of the back foot.
  • Hold for up to one minute.
  • To release the pose, tuck your back toes, lift your back knee off the mat, and then press yourself back into hands and knee position.
  • Repeat on the opposite side, 2-3x per side.

Be careful of New Year’s Resolutions to exercise more!

Many people start new exercise programs as part of their New Year’s Resolution to lose weight, but be careful!  A rushed reconditioning program may find you injured instead.  Doing new exercises with repetitive stress being placed on the muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and bones may find you more susceptible to sprains, pulled muscles, fractures, shin splints and other injuries.  Proper technique and form can reduce the risk of injury and decrease muscle tension and weakness. NMR uses a functional movement assessment that finds the weak link or physical imbalances within primary movement patterns.  By utilizing the results of this assessment, NMR can help you meet your weight and exercise goals by building your strength, endurance and flexibility by developing an individualized treatment program which takes into consideration your body’s specific needs.

Start the new year and your new exercise regimen healthy, stronger and safe! 
Try this exercise to strengthen and tone your abdominals, core,
glutes, thighs and shoulders.

Plank-croppedPlanks strengthen and tone abdominals, core, glutes, thighs and shoulders.

Starting position: Forearms on the floor, palms down, shoulders and head neutral.  Legs extended.

Exercise:  Firmly brace abdominals; tighten quads (thigh), squeeze glutes. Slightly tuck pelvis under to protect the low back.  Hold for 30 seconds.


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