Multiple Myeloma Mind-Body Medicine, Counseling & Support Groups
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Mind-Body Medicine for Multiple Myeloma
Many multiple myeloma patients experience a range of emotions throughout the treatment process. You may feel anxious, depressed, helpless or scared. Your loved ones probably have their own concerns as well.
The mind-body medicine team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) is here to help you and your loved ones address these feelings so you can cope better with the disease and its treatment.
Multiple Myeloma Counseling & Support Groups
During your first visit to CTCA, you’ll have the option to meet with a licensed mind-body therapist. Your therapist will listen to your concerns and explain how mind-body medicine can fit into the healing process.
Mind-body medicine explores the powerful connection between the mind and the body, between stress and illness. During your multiple myeloma treatment, you and/or your loved ones may decide to pursue any of the following mind-body therapies:
- Individual, Couples and Family Counseling: Counseling can help you improve coping skills, regulate mood and overcome anxiety and depression.
- Support Groups: Multiple myeloma support groups allow you and your loved ones to share your feelings with other patients and caregivers in a group setting.
- Meditation: This relaxation method uses concentration or reflection to relax the body and quiet the mind to alleviate pain, stress, anxiety and other symptoms.
- Stress Management: Techniques like charting can help you identify stressful events and your reactions to them so you can learn ways to reduce stress.
- Guided Imagery: This relaxation technique teaches you to use positive mental images to create a deep sense of comfort and relaxation.
- Deep Breathing Exercises: Deep breathing can help you relax and reduce pain, anxiety and other symptoms.
- Laughter Therapy: The use of humor can stimulate the circulatory system, immune system and other systems in the body to ease pain, reduce stress and improve quality of life.
- Reiki Therapy: By restoring and balancing energy, this therapy can help reduce stress, anxiety and fatigue, and induce feelings of well-being.
- Qigong: Through meditation, breathing and movement, this therapy can enhance the natural flow of vital energy in the body to reduce pain and anxiety.
A Team Approach to Multiple Myeloma Treatment
Throughout your multiple myeloma treatment, your mind-body therapist will work closely with the other members of your CTCA care team, including rehabilitation therapists and spiritual counselors, to support you. Everyone works together to find solutions to meet your individual needs. After your treatment is complete and you return home, the mind-body team can connect you with qualified multiple myeloma support groups and mind-body medicine practitioners in your area.
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