Most people have got up in the morning after having a poor night's sleep and have been able to temporarily manage their fatigue with a cup of tea or coffee.
However, imagine a situation where you have slept well, but still feel tired and this symptom will persist for weeks and weeks. If you experience this, you will need to seek medical advice, as you may have chronic fatigue syndrome.
If you have a diagnosis of chronic fatigue, come and see our team at Rakhee Osteopathy. We use osteopathic methods to offer chronic fatigue relief London, which can help you to manage the symptoms, as well as advise you on the best ways to ease the symptoms long term.
So, if you have a diagnosis of chronic fatigue, read on to learn the types of chronic fatigue relief London that our team at Rakhee Osteopathy can offer.
What is chronic fatigue syndrome?
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a clinical diagnosis characterised by profound and persistent fatigue that lasts for at least 6 months and is not alleviated by rest. The fatigue experienced by individuals with CFS is often debilitating, and physical or mental exertion can worsen the symptoms. Alongside fatigue, you may also experience a range of other symptoms, including post-exertional malaise, unrefreshing sleep, cognitive problems, muscle and joint pain, headaches, sore throat, and tender lymph nodes.
So, it's safe to say that you will likely be looking for some chronic fatigue relief London, which is where we can help!
Causes and mechanisms
The precise cause of chronic fatigue syndrome remains unknown, although there are several theories that researchers have explored. Some studies suggest that viral infections, such as Epstein-Barr virus or human herpesvirus-6, may trigger or contribute to the development of CFS. Other researchers propose that abnormalities in the immune system, hormonal imbalances, genetic predisposition, or a combination of these factors might be involved. Additionally, psychological stress, trauma and environmental factors have also been investigated as potential triggers or aggravating factors. Of course, our team aims to use our own Perrin technique to reduce muscle pain, sleep issues and the inevitable brain fog. We may also suggest lymphatic drainage, depending on the severity of the presentation.
Treatment and management
Currently, there is no specific cure for CFS and our treatment mainly focuses on managing the symptoms and improving your quality of life.
A multidisciplinary approach involving healthcare professionals from various specialities, including physicians, psychologists, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists, is often employed, as well as seeking help from alternative therapies, such as osteopathy. There are some medications to alleviate specific symptoms, alongside cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to manage psychological and emotional aspects, as well as to identify the potential underlying cause. Graded exercise therapy (GET) can gradually increase physical activity levels, and energy management strategies may also be found to be helpful.
Lifestyle modifications are also vital in managing CFS. You should establish a balanced routine that includes regular sleep patterns, pacing activities, and setting realistic goals to prevent overexertion. Dietary adjustments, stress reduction techniques, and support from friends, family, and support groups can help you to manage this disorder more effectively.