Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
How our therapies and services can support you
A variety of different therapies can help reduce the effect that ME/CFS has on your body and your life. Self-care strategies emphasis is on minimizing symptoms and improving general health. No one treatment works for all symptoms but trying a variety of treatment strategies can have a cumulative effect.
Physiotherapists provide a unique contribution to the management of people living with ME/CFS can teach you exercises that will improve your strength, flexibility, and stamina.
Our physiotherapy team can provide specific rehabilitation programs, facilitate self- management, and coordinate care.
They can teach you exercises that will improve your strength, flexibility, and stamina. Our physical activity programmes begin by establishing your physical activity capability level, then developing a programme with you that does not worsen your symptoms.
This is an effective, and safe means of treating and managing the various symptoms of ME/CFS, particularly fatigue and ‘brain fog.’ Oxygen Therapy is based on a dramatic increase in the amount of dissolved oxygen carried by the blood which enables oxygenation of ischemic areas with compromised circulation.
It also activates oxidant-antioxidant system, stimulates angio- and neurogenesis, modulates inflammatory response, induces brain neuroplasticity, and possesses analgesic effect. Oxygen therapy involves a 20-session initial protocol, consecutive sessions, then weekly sessions to help you manage your symptoms.
Complementary approaches used together with conventional medicine are generally accepted as improving overall physical and mental wellbeing.
Provided by our physiotherapy team, acupuncture can reduce many types of chronic pain, so it's not surprising that many people with ME/CFS are interested in trying it.
Acupuncture works with the nervous system in the body to regenerate cells and promote healing. The use of specific acupuncture points can create a closed circuit between the point and the neurologic control centre in the brain. By giving the body and brain the necessary tools, the two can work in conjunction to heal the body.
From a scientific perspective, acupuncture shifts and moves energy, while stimulating blood flow and increasing cellular level oxygen.
Myofascial Release Therapy (MFR)
This is a hands-on treatment performed on the skin with no oils or creams. By following the unique lines of tension in each patient’s body, the MFR therapist can reach deeply into the tissues and uncover significant restrictions.
MFR involves applying gentle, sustained pressure into these connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.
By going slowly and waiting for the body’s natural rhythm, the fascia responds by elongating, rehydrating, and reorganizing. If you're having trouble finding relief for your ME/CFS pain, it may be worth trying MFR.
Massage can be used for the relief of pain and musculoskeletal symptoms of ME/CFS. It can be relaxing and may help general well-being. Massage is often used in combination with aromatherapy, and has been shown to significantly lower anxiety and depressed mood, and also improve self-esteem.
ME/CFS can be difficult to treat, and a combination of treatments may be necessary to control your symptoms. If you're having trouble finding relief for your symptoms, it may be worth trying complementary therapies. But if your symptoms don't begin to improve within a few weeks, it may not be the right treatment for you
You can access further and more detailed information on ME/CFS from the following specialist sites:
Action on ME: https://www.actionforme.org.uk/
ME Information Booklet: https://www.actionforme.org.uk/uploads/newly-diagnosed-booklet-dec-15.pdf
Food and Nutrition for ME/CFS: https://meassociation.org.uk/product/healthy-diet/
Disclaimer: The information provided on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.