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Tired of being tired: Exercise as a Treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Bailey, 2011)

Discussion in 'Latest ME/CFS Research' started by Dolphin, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Dolphin

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    Free full text: http://www.healthpodium.com/research/Chronic_fatigue_syndrome.pdf

    Journal is not high impact [Impact factor 0.4*], but could have influence among professionals:
    https://www.researchgate.net/journal/1091-5397_ACSM_s_Health_Fitness_Journal
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    This is not the worst article on the issue by a long way. However, perhaps that is not necessarily a good thing: a patient might be less wary of somebody who knows something about the condition.



    My underlining: this is too definite. Gradual increases won't necessarily have this impact with everyone
    (less important point)

    What is defined as "negative beliefs and behaviors" and "positive healthy behaviors" could be incorrect.

    I don't believe there is this consensus. (And of course, even if there is a consensus, we don't have to accept it's true).

    Usually only fatigue symptoms have been reported in trials of exercise training programs.
    Also, an average improvement doesn't mean everyone benefited.

    The "or" means people shouldn't have "complete rest periods", which is debatable.
    Not sure if prolonged rest periods are necessarily a problem either, if people do a reasonable amount of activity in total across the day.

    There are aspects to what he says which as I say are better than somebody who doesn't know anything about the condition which would probably mean their programs per session/week might cause fewer problems. But I think the overall message is problematic.
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