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New guidance from CDHB for physiotherapists 

25 Jun 2021

We are delighted to announce that physiotherapists who have access to the Allied Healthways website provided by the CDHB now have appropriate advice available in the PhysioFITT guidance for 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 working with the PhysioFITT programme.  


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.   


Under the PhysioFITT program, physiotherapists assess the clinical context of the patient and deliver a tailored assessment and activity plan appropriate to their health condition(s). 


Key points made for ME/CFS clients: 

Avoid exercise tests that may trigger post-exertional malaise (PEM). Check for Orthostatic Intolerance.  Graded Exercise Therapy (GET) is not recommended for ME/CFS. Exercise should be used for physical maintenance (core strength, bone density and enjoyment) and be at a level to avoid post-exertional malaise (PEM). If PEM is experienced frequently, consider reducing rather than increasing activity in order to improve overall wellbeing. It may be more helpful to focus on daily activities than formal exercise. 


Make #movementforlife safe for #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #ChronicFatigueSyndrome

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