Stretches for Cording

Axillary Web Syndrome or Cording is termed as cord-like structures that develop under the skin after surgery to remove lymph nodes in the armpit.

These cords often arise from the surgical site under the armpit and can extend as far down as the base of the thumb.

It is not yet proven why cording develops although it is thought to be caused by inflammation and scarring of the tissues that surround the lymph vessels, blood vessels and nerves.

You may be able to see or feel the cords when you lift your arm. They can cause tightness and discomfort which can limit how well you are able to move your arm and shoulder.

Your lymphoedema specialist can determine the extent of the cording and may have and advise for you on specific stretches to carry out at home.

The below video is an overview of these stretches. Please follow the advice in the video and also that given by your therapist.

Remember that you must never work into pain as this can worsen the symptoms you may experience.

If you do have any problems with any of the stretches please get in contact with the lymphoedema team for advice and support.

Before you take on any of the exercises below please ensure you have read our exercise disclaimer at the bottom of this page.

Stretches for Cording Full Video - All Stretches

This video shows all the cording stretches. If you would like to pick a section to watch please choose from the below...

Introduction to Cording Stretches


Upper Arm Cording Stretches


Upper and Lower Arm Cording Stretches


Self-traction Stretches


Feldenkrais Stretches


Child's Pose Stretches


Seated Stretches for Upper Arm Cording


Seated Stretches for Upper and lower Arm Cording


Overhead Yoga Stretches


Exercise Disclaimer: 
Any exercises provided on this website are not to be interpreted as a recommendation for a specific treatment plan, product, or course of action. Exercise is not without its risks, and this or any other exercise program may result in injury. To reduce the risk of injury, before beginning this or any exercise program, if you have concerns please consult a health care provider for appropriate advice and safety precautions. The exercise instruction and advice presented are in no way intended as a substitute for medical consultation. We disclaim any liability from and in connection with this program. As with any exercise program, if at any point during your workout you experience any new symptoms including feeling faint or dizzy, or have physical discomfort, you should stop immediately. If symptoms persist or you have any concerns please consult your health care provider.

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