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How Pain Physiotherapists Can Help with Fatigue Conditions

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Fatigue is a very common symptom in many health conditions and it can significantly impact daily life. Did you know, that if you suffer from fatigue you can speak to your friendly pain physiotherapist? We are becoming increasingly recognized for our role in treating fatigue-conditions like chronic fatigue syndrome, POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome), fibromyalgia, post-viral fatigue, long COVID and FND (functional neurological disorder). We work with you and use a multifaceted approach to reduce the impact fatigue has on life.

Here are 5 strategies that pain physiotherapists may use to manage fatigue conditions:

Pacing: A Pathway to Balanced Activity

Pacing is an essential tool in managing fatigue, especially for those dealing with chronic pain as well. Learning how to balance activity with rest is a very important step in managing symptoms of fatigue. Pacing involves breaking tasks into smaller, manageable steps and incorporating frequent breaks to prevent overexertion. By understanding your body’s limits, you can maintain your activity without flaring up your fatigue.

Education: Understanding Fatigue and It’s Triggers

Knowledge is power when it comes to managing fatigue. Education about what fatigue is, why it flares and how to manage it is really important management step. Understanding how pain and fatigue are interconnected can help with developing individualized management strategies. Education is specific to the individual so you can identify your own early signs of fatigue, understand it’s triggers, and implement effective management techniques. We help you take control back from your fatigue.

Gentle Exercise: Boosting Energy Levels Safely

This is what most people think of when they think of physios and fatigue management. However, this makes up only a portion of our role, although it is very important. Exercise can be beneficial in managing fatigue. Commencing gentle, low impact exercises prescribed by a pain physiotherapist can help improve energy levels, improve sleep quality and reduce pain. Regular, gentle exercise, under the guidance of a physiotherapist, can lead to long-term improvements in fatigue management.

Breathing Techniques: A Natural Tool for Relaxation

Breathing techniques are a natural and effective way to combat fatigue. Pain physiotherapists teach various breathing exercises that promote relaxation, reduce stress, and improve oxygen flow to muscles, which are essential to manage fatigue. Techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing not only help in immediate relaxation but also contribute to better sleep patterns, further aiding in fatigue reduction.

Restorative Rest: Quality Over Quantity

Restorative rest is more than just getting enough sleep. Pain physiotherapists emphasize the importance of quality rest, which includes creating a conducive sleep environment and establishing regular sleep routines. Sleep hygiene education and relaxation techniques before bed enhance the quality of restorative quality sleep. Restorative rest can also come in other forms such as time daydreaming in nature, gentle stretching, and mindfulness practices.

For individuals suffering from fatigue-related conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, POTS, post-viral fatigue, long COVID and functional neurological disorder, pain physiotherapists can offer valuable support. Our expertise in pacing, education, gentle exercise, breathing techniques and restorative rest practices provide a comprehensive approach to managing fatigue. By personalizing these strategies, pain physiotherapists help patients navigate their conditions more effectively, leading to improved energy levels and a better quality of life. Remember, consulting with a healthcare professional is essential for tailored advice and treatment plans.

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