Are Alternative Treatments or Psychotherapy Useful for CFS?

Lifestyle Changes for CFS: Alternative Treatments

Alternative treatments sometimes used by CFS patients include:
  • Massage therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic therapy
  • Cranial-sacral therapy
  • Self-hypnosis
  • Therapeutic touch.
Alternative treatments are most effective when they are combined with patient-generated activity, including aquatic therapy, light exercise (adapted to personal capabilities), and stretching.

Lifestyle Change for CFS: Psychotherapy

Having an illness for which there is no cure can cause psychological stress and depression. It is important for patients to remember that feeling cranky, sad, angry, and frustrated with an illness that causes extreme fatigue and pain is completely normal. Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, can help patients learn how to manage their feelings about this difficult illness. Patients may also benefit from joining a chronic fatigue syndrome support group, where they can talk with other people with the same condition.
(Click Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Support Group for more information.)
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