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Does physical therapy help with chronic fatigue syndrome?

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Some research has shown that graded exercise therapy can help reduce symptoms of ME/CFE and improve stamina. This is a form of physical therapy that starts out with very little exercise and slowly adds more over time. The goal is to stop before you get tired, then go a little longer each time.

Again, however, the largest study finding a benefit from graded exercise therapy has come under serious criticism.  And some people with chronic fatigue syndrome feel much worse following exercise (the “post-exertional malaise” that is a part of the illness.  So the role of exercise in this illness is uncertain.

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CDC: “Chronic fatigue syndrome: A toolkit for providers.”

Kim, J. , July 2015. Trials

Lu, C. , August 2014. Zhen Ci Yan Jiu (Acupuncture Research)

Alraek, T. , printed online October 7, 2011. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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Castro-Marrero, J. , March 2015. Antioxidants & Redox Signaling

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Reviewed by Anthony L Komaroff on December 04, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Chronic fatigue syndrome: A toolkit for providers.”

Kim, J. , July 2015. Trials

Lu, C. , August 2014. Zhen Ci Yan Jiu (Acupuncture Research)

Alraek, T. , printed online October 7, 2011. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, National Institutes of Health: “Tai chi and qi gong: In depth.”

Surawy, C. , January 2005. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy

Price, J. , July 2008. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

Chambers, D. , October 2006. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

CDC: “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.”

Allen, P. , April 2008. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health

Castro-Marrero, J. , March 2015. Antioxidants & Redox Signaling

Kaslow, J. , November 1989. Archives of Internal Medicine

Reviewed by Anthony L Komaroff on December 04, 2018

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