Fatigue ...
and how Massage Therapy really helps!

Fatigue (weakness or tiredness) is lack of energy to perform daily tasks either at work or at home. Even with lots of rest, the feeling does not go away.

Studies show that more women have this problem than men. Most of us experience this condition at some point in our daily lives, however, chronic tiredness can suddenly appear (especially if you have been very sick) and suddenly disappear.

Symptoms might include a low-grade fever, headachessleep problems, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, inability to think clearly or strange mood changes.

Causes

Causes of this issue are really unknown. Many believe that stress, exhaustion, depression, anxiety, what you eat and drink, and immune system disorders may contribute to the intensity of the problem.

What to expect

When discussing your symptoms with your doctor, he/she may encourage other tests to rule out serious illnesses. He/She may also do blood work, suggest drugs (either anti-depressants, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, vitamins, or herbal supplements), exercise and rest.

How Massage Helps

Massage therapy can reduce stress hormone levels and stress related symptoms. It also increases circulation, helps to relax the nervous system, improves sleep patterns, and improves your overall sense of well-being.

The massage therapist may ask you many health related questions also to determine what type of massage is best for you.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), is a condition of severe tiredness that is not relieved by long periods of rest, is not directly caused by other conditions, and occurs without warning. It can last for weeks, months, or even years.

For more information on how massage can help, you can read The Perrin Technique which helps you better understand how massage therapy can help relieve the symptoms of CFS.

Raymond Perrin, the author, is a Registered Osteopath and Specialist in CFS. Treating a patient for back pain in 1989 led him to the concept that there was a structural basis to CFS, but he had no proof.

He has spent over sixteen years researching the medical facts and scientific evidence regarding manual treatments and self massage for the syndrome. He has successfully treated a great number of CFS sufferers and also teaches fellow osteopaths, chiropractors, and massage therapists the fundamentals of his treatment methods.

Other Resources

Learn more about CFS at WebMD.

To learn more about natural energy and how adequate breathing can help, please visit www.breathing.com


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