What exercises can I do in bed after cancer surgery?

The days following cancer surgery, you can start your exercise program while in bed with some simple exercises. If something hurts, stop, and try a different exercise. Do only those exercises that are appropriate for your condition or that have been approved by your doctor.
  • Hand Squeeze: Squeeze an exercise sponge ball or putty in your hand. Gently work your fingers on the ball or putty.
  • Elbow Wings: Lie on your back (or sit up in your bed) and place your hands behind your head with your elbows flat against the bed. Slowly bring your elbows together in front of your face. Bring elbows back to the starting point.
  • Wrist Curls: While in bed, turn your palms up, make a fist and curl your wrist up. Hold for a count of six and then relax.
  • Shoulder Shrug: While sitting up in bed, relax your hands in your lap. Shrug your shoulders up towards your ears and then slowly drop them down. Repeat.

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