Multiple myeloma is a type of cancer caused by
malignant plasma cells in the bone marrow. In addition to traditional medical
treatment, many leading medical centers now offer everything from aromatherapy
to acupuncture in a holistic approach to healing that supports the mind, body,
and spirit. These complementary therapies, or integrative services, help many people
with multiple myeloma feel less pain and
stress. Learn more about complementary therapies and talk with your doctor
about what sounds good to you.
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In a recent study of the link between multiple
myeloma and exercise, nearly all participants with multiple myeloma said
exercise made them feel better. Benefits included improved symptom management,
relief from medication side effects, better state of mind, and more social
engagement. Types of exercise included gardening, walking, golf, and Pilates.
Keep up your favorite exercise as you complete your medical treatment or try
something new. Consult with your doctor about the best way forward.
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Scientists have studied the
effects of more than 100 essential oils on more than 20 types of cancer. More
than a decade of evidence supports the anticancer actitivies of essential oils.
Ask your doctor if other patients with multiple myeloma have reported any
benefits of using them and whether you should give them a try. Keep in mind
that if your treatment plan includes radiation or chemotherapy, your skin may
be sensitive, and essential oils may irritate it.
Nausea is a common symptom of multiple myeloma, but it can
also be a side effect of chemotherapy. Aromatherapy can help with nausea and may
also improve your mood and promote feelings of emotional and spiritual
wellness. Essential oils are typically the basis for aromatherapy, but candles,
lotions, and bath salts may also be used. If you’re interested in aromatherapy,
it’s better to work with a qualified aromatherapist than experiment on your
own. Ask your doctor for a recommendation.
The pain of multiple myeloma may be caused by a
bone fracture or a tumor pressing against a nerve. Research suggests in
addition to relaxing muscles, massage can help lessen pain, reduce fatigue, and
help with the anxiety and depression that can come with coping with cancer pain
long-term. For those with multiple myeloma, a massage with too much pressure
can hurt your bones. Get
your doctor’s advice on massage therapy before you begin.
Like aromatherapy, acupuncture has been shown to
help with nausea. Like massage, it can relax your muscles, too. With
acupuncture, a traditional Chinese medicine, a trained practitioner inserts
thin needles into specific areas of your body. Many types of medical
professionals perform acupuncture, including licensed acupuncturists, doctors,
chiropractors, and physical therapists. It’s important to choose a provider
with solid credentials and extensive training. Run your provider’s information
by your doctor before you start therapy.
For those with multiple myeloma, the stress of
ongoing pain management alone can make it hard to relax and keep you awake at
night. Meditation can help you unwind and sleep better. It involves breathing
and concentration exercises to relax your body a bit at a time. You can
meditate alone or with others, in person or online. Many health organizations
offer online meditation videos. Check one out to get a better idea of how
meditation might work for you.
For some people with multiple myeloma, using
visualization techniques in combination with traditional pain medication helps
ease the intensity of pain. Through visualization, you create a mental image
that relaxes you. Use all five senses. You may picture a beach, for example,
and concentrate on the feel of san