Stretching for ME/CFS/FM (NHS TiP Course Part 4)

Movement is so crucial to a person, regardless of what illness they may have or not. This is no different from people suffering from CFS/ME/FM, I talk about the benefits in further detail in my previous post: Benefits of Movement (Link).

However exercise or movement as I think is better called, has such negative press in the CFS/ME Communities, and to be honest quite rightfully so in a lot of instances, for example when people are put on non personalised formal GET programs, where the ‘professional’ put more emphasis on sticking to the program than listen to the bodies of their clients/ patients, but instead we should try to add movement into our lives that listens to our own body, a good way is to do stretches. Continue reading

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My NHS experience with CFS – Part 6 (1-2-1 Fitness)

After I had attended the foundation seminars held at Southmead which covered a variety of issues including: Activity Management, CBT & GET (Link), Rest & Relaxation (Link), Sleep and Stress Management (Link); I then attended a follow up with my CFS specialist, this was very much a session lead by me where I could ask for help and guidance with the issues I was really struggling with.

Before this session I had a good think about what it was I needed the most help with from her. The two areas I found I wanted her advise on the most were: Returning to work/ Phased return (Link) and the best way to increase my physical fitness/ exercise. Continue reading