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New guidance for ME/CFS from CDHB for allied health professionals

22 Dec 2020

The Allied Healthways website provides allied health professionals with guidance for a range of health conditions and concerns. The website now includes up to date information about ME/CFS.

We are grateful to the clinical editors from the Canterbury District Health Board who have worked with us recently to provide up-to-date guidance about ME/CFS for physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, and other allied health professionals.  


This new guidance is available on the CDHB's Allied Healthways online platform, and will help health professionals to be aware of current understanding of this debilitating illness, and the need to move away from prior advice that is no longer recommended.   


Key points: 

Graded Exercise Therapy (GET) is not recommended for ME/CFS and may cause harm. Exercise can be used for physical maintenance (core strength, bone density and enjoyment) but needs to be at a level that avoids post-exertional malaise (PEM). Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is no longer recommended as a treatment for ME/CFS as there is no evidence of specific benefit for ME/CFS. However, counselling may assist patients with adjustment to living with a debilitating chronic illness. Provide support for 'pacing' activities. The aim is to reduce physical and mental activity to a level that can be sustained without triggering post-exertional malaise (PEM).  


Make #movementforlife safe for #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #ChronicFatigueSyndrome

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