Chronic Fatigue

CFS is persisting or relapsing fatigue that is not relieved by rest. CFS is a serious and debilitating illness that can last for months or years. The key feature of CFS is extreme exhaustion, as well as a variety of other symptoms. In some children the fatigue causes limitations, while for others the fatigue may come and go. For many children CFS begins after a viral infection, for some, after another illness, or even an injury. In some children there is no obvious cause, with fatigue appearing either suddenly or gradually, for no known reason.

Fatigue, much like persistent pain, affects many dimensions of your childs life. As such, our therapists will conduct a thorough assessment.

Unfortunately there is no curative treatment for CFS. Our therapists follow the recommendations from the Centre of Disease Management (CDC) in managing the symptoms of CFS through:

  • Education

Occupational Therapy

  • Sleep hygiene
  • Activity Management (getting out of the boom/bust cycle)
  • School Liaison
  • Managing concentration/memory difficulties
  • Coping Strategies

Physiotherapy

  • Stretching and movement therapies
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Toning exercises
  • Pain and Fatigue Management

Yoga Therapy

  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness

Psychology

  • Sleep hygiene
  • Teach fatigue coping strategies
  • Assist in developing strategies to optimise mental wellbeing and coping
  • Mindfulness

Dietitian

  • Assistance with diet changes and nutritional intake