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Could aquatic therapy help with chronic fatigue?

For years, gentle water exercise has been recommended for people with muscle pain and fibromyalgia – which often inflicts fatigue as well as widespread pain and tenderness in the body.

Now researchers at Southern Cross University are investigating whether similar gentle water exercise could help people diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

They’re asking people with CFS to take the plunge and join a new pilot study at Southern Cross University’s Lismore campus to assess the benefits of aquatic therapy as part of their treatment.

The research is particularly important because chronic fatigue sufferers tend to be sedentary, making them more prone to the onset of cardiovascular diseases, cancer and type-2 diabetes.

The research team is looking for the optimal levels at which gentle exercise could help with blood pressure, heart rate, strength and flexibility – while avoiding the onset of fatigue symptoms.

“We are researching a novel approach to the management for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,” said lead researcher Dr Suzanne Broadbent from the University’s School of Health and Human Sciences.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is a debilitating condition where patients suffer from severe fatigue and malaise, especially after exertion.

Read more about the research project here. [Story credit: Southern Cross University newsroom]

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