Other forms of support
A physiotherapist will teach you methods of joint exercise, enabling smoother movement to ease the discomfort or pain of the bones. Do make sure that your physiotherapy professional is aware of multiple myeloma and its skeletal effects. Consult with your physician. Physiotherapy with stronger massage techniques and aggressive movement is not advised.
If problems arise with handling everyday tasks, an occupational therapist might be of assistance. He will be able to show you in what way an activity can be duplicated or how it can be carried out in a different manner. He will teach you how to use special tools. An occupational therapist will be able to give you advice on rearranging your living space and work habits.
This is a modern relaxation technique which will help connect body and mind. Greater balance will be achieved enabling better management of stress, fear, depression and tension.
Eutony offers a discovery to the new qualities of everyday life. It teaches how to allow yourself the time needed and acknowledges feelings that arise in your body. This enables the awareness of the deepest body tissues and bone structure to strengthen. This method can be customized. It gives step-by-step instructions on muscle formation and strengthening.
Yoga is a practice where relaxing exercises help you control body and mind.
There are indefinite possibilities to manage psychological issues and soothe or solve all problems by using music therapy owing to the various forms of music.
There are other therapies available. Their purpose lies not only in symptom relief, but also in health promotion. Relaxation, well-being and quality of life are the ultimate objectives. These therapies are aromatherapy, acupuncture, reflexology, massage therapy, reiki and meditation. Don’t forget that strong massage therapies are not suitable for patients suffering from multiple myeloma. Bones can break, and if platelets levels are low, bleeding can occur at the location of the break as well. Although activity is recommended, we advise against ‘aggressive’ sports such as skiing, martial arts, motorcycling, etc. Moreover, patients should not engage in any heavy lifting or strenuous labor.
Take special care not to get scared or depressed
Do you get fearful or depressed because of your multiple myeloma? This is common and it is to be expected. Perhaps one of the therapies suggested might help (or any other similar therapy) to help you cope. If persistent negative thoughts or fear prevent you from having a normal life, talk to your physician. Perhaps it would be wise to consult with a psychiatrist or psychologist. There are also medications available which help control and treat depression.