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Multiple Myeloma Treatment- Age + Muscles + Foam Roller therapy = “Ahhhh’s”

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“A dense cylinder of foam usually about two feet long, this low-tech tool is very effective at improving range of motion (for multiple myeloma patients) during an exercise warm-up”

You’ve completed conventional therapies (induction, ASCT) for multiple myeloma. You are considering what, if any, multiple myeloma treatment should be in your routine. Remember that exercising your muscles will strengthen your bones.

Yes, foam rollers aid workouts. I’ll take the comments from the article linked below a bit further. I am a long-term multiple myeloma survivor who exercises frequently but moderately. Specific muscle groups (gluts, hip flexors) have atrophied due to chemo and radiation-induced nerve damage.

A large and growing number of studies cite the benefits of frequent exercise for multiple myeloma patients and survivors. Exercise can help you manage both active therapy as well as speed your recovery after induction therapy and/or an autologous stem cell transplantion. Muscles pulling your bones can help you increase bone mineral density.

Ninety percent of MMers will experience bone damage at some point during their lives. We must always be working to strengthen our bones. 

The reality is that cancer patients are, on average, older. And toxic therapies can leave us with short, long-term and late stage side effects. High-dose steroids like Dexamethasone and Prednisone weaken bones. Foam rolling is an easy, inexpensive therapy to aid sore muscles.

I use both the type of foam roller discussed below as well as the hand-held rolling pin type of roller– depending on what I am trying to do with my muscles. I recommend both- low-tech, easy to use and inexpensive.

I am both a MM survivor and MM Cancer Coach. Please watch the video below to learn more about how lifestyle therapies like exercise and stress management can help you to optimize your treatment outcomes:

Thank you,

David Emerson

  • MM Survivor
  • MM Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Ask Well: Do Foam Rollers Aid Workouts?

“Do foam rollers offer benefits? “Foam rolling is great, although it can hurt like heck…”

A dense cylinder of foam usually about two feet long, this low-tech tool is very effective at improving range of motion during an exercise warm-up…Undulating over foam can be beneficial after exercise also, Dr. Button said…

If the discomfort (of a foam roller)  is too much, he said, consider a roller massager, a smaller, hand-held foam device that you use like a rolling pin to knead tight or sore muscles. “They’re more tolerable for many people, because you supply only as much pressure as you want,” he said. The benefits for joint range of motion and muscle recovery are not quite as pronounced as from the larger rollers, he said, but remain measurable, while the pleasures are not inconsiderable. At the lab, he said, you can hear happy “ahhh’s” as people roll.

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