The benefits of exercise to a myeloma patient are numerous--physically, mentally, and emotionally. But how much exercise is too much? When does it become unsafe?
Melanie House, physical therapist of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, cites studies which prove that occasionally exercise is more powerful than drugs that have been FDA-approved.
"If you're going to use a drug as strong as exercise, it does need to be prescribed in the proper dose and proper intensity...each person needs an individual prescription." --Melanie House, DPT
Exercise can usually be adapted to anyone's circumstances. In rare cases, exercise should not be considered--such as having low counts of platelets or red blood cells. Even throughout the process of a transplant, patients are encouraged to stay active according to their ability.
Yes, exercise is important as a myeloma patient. But it can provide the most benefit when it is "prescribed" to the patient's individual condition during their stage of multiple myeloma.
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