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Exercise prescription for individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome

Karen E Wallman, Alan R Morton, Carmel Goodman and Robert Grove
Med J Aust 2005; 183 (3): 142-143.
Published online: 1 August 2005

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) describes a disorder comprising chronic debilitating fatigue that cannot be explained by any known chronic medical or psychological condition.1 To date, the only therapies that have consistently ameliorated symptoms in this disorder are cognitive behavioural therapy and graded exercise.2-5 This article describes a graded exercise program based on the exercise prescription used in our recent randomised controlled trial.5 This program has since been successfully implemented in a clinical practice. It includes the concept of pacing and is aimed at non-bed-bound, sedentary patients with CFS, as well as those already undertaking minimal aerobic exercise (ie, no more than three sessions per week of 20 minutes’ duration).

  • Karen E Wallman
  • Alan R Morton
  • Carmel Goodman
  • Robert Grove



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