in a scenario like this, I am sure that your client has seen a physical therapist, and this is where you need to start. No matter how eager your client is to get back in shape, you need to err on the side of safety.
Karin is right. I would start by consulting with her physician and then if she had PT done consult with her Physical Therapist as well. They can point you to the right direction and you can pick up from where they left. Find out what type of exercises they had her doing and build up from there.
I agree with the above, but would add that it is difficult to offer suggestions when we know nothing about the subjective or objective assessments.
We don’t know when she had the surgery, the therapy used, how long it has been since she completed her physical therapy, whether she had physical therapy.
It’s difficult to offer suggestions with no information.
I specialize in breast cancer rehabilitation. I just saw this post. What do you mean where they did not remove the flap? In this surgery, a flap is created with fat and muscle from the Rectus Abdominas and then moved to the breast area to create a breast mound. They did not create a breast? I would advise getting more information about what was done by the surgeon.You need to understand this first. If she received any rehab , I would find out what their recommendations are. You can contact me with more questions. I would start with gentle Pilates breathing to open up the chest . Finally, to conclude you need to get more info to clarify what was done medically, what was done rehab wide, and find out how many weeks post surgery to determine what is safe.
Naomi Aaronson MA OTR/ L CHT CPI. Www.recovercisesforwellness.com