Can Pacing Help Manage Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms?

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Do you ever wake up feeling like you didn't sleep at all? Do you struggle to get through the day without feeling like you need to lie down and rest? Do you often miss out on social events or cancel plans because you don't have enough energy left? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be one of the millions suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). And it’s about time you get yourself diagnosed by a medical doctor.

About 2.5 million Americans live with chronic fatigue syndrome. However, many researchers and healthcare professionals suspect that the number may be bigger because many people shrug off their symptoms, believing that they’re only tired from day-to-day work and that a long sleep will do the trick. Sadly, this misconception has caused significant problems among affected individuals. 

Do you happen to be stuck in a similar situation? Have you recently been diagnosed with CFS? Are you looking into consulting with your physician to confirm your suspicions? Do you happen to have a loved one who struggles with CFS?

If you answer yes to at least one of these questions, you already know how to cope with challenges brought on by lingering feelings of tiredness and lack of energy. Let’s help you discover how to work around your situation with the help of our guide on pacing, a unique and promising way to manage CFS symptoms. On top of that, we will also tackle the importance of visiting an Upper Cervical Chiropractor.

 

What Is Pacing?

Pacing involves breaking down daily activities into manageable tasks and taking regular breaks to avoid over-exertion. It's a self-management technique that can help you conserve energy and prevent the exacerbations of your symptoms. 

While each person's condition is unique, other patients may find this technique effective in avoiding the typical cycle of overexertion followed by a crash in energy level. It can be described as finding your "Goldilocks zone" or the perfect balance in movement and activity to manage your overall energy levels.

 

How Can Pacing Help With Cfs?

When you practice pacing, you can learn and connect more with your body and find effective workarounds when necessary. It also enables you to understand how CFS flareups get triggered and avoid reaching your maximum threshold for physical activities.

It may also help you develop a consistent routine and conserve energy. When you have enough energy, it allows you to work and experience essential activities in your life and reduce the frequency of episodes of debilitating fatigue.

 

How To Practice Pacing

People living with CFS must set limitations to conserve energy. Below are some ways you can try:

  • Try aggressive resting therapy while lying still with closed eyes.
  • Manage the duration of your activities and gradually increase their frequency or intensity based on how your body tolerates things.
  • Give yourself more time to complete activities.
  • Schedule enough breaks alongside physically and mentally taxing activities.
  • Be mindful of your limits to avoid over-committing.
  • Listen to your body and avoid moderate activities requiring prolonged recovery.
  • Plan and prioritize activities based on your energy levels.

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Can An Upper Cervical Chiropractor Help With CFS?

Sometimes, chronic fatigue results from neck trauma, which can damage tissue around the spine and misalign the bones around the area. Even the slightest misalignments can affect your nervous system. This can result in disrupted communication between the body and brain and other problems that can worsen symptoms like fatigue, widespread body pain, headaches, and balance problems.

Misalignments don't heal, so you'll need to reach out to an expert to correct them. You can correct misalignments and restore proper communication between the brainstem and the body by receiving safe and gentle adjustments to the Upper Cervical spine. This can positively impact your CFS symptoms, allowing you to reduce their severity and work around your challenges more easily. 

By taking a gradual and measured approach to activity and getting your spine alignment regularly checked, you can improve your physical function, reduce fatigue levels, and enhance your overall quality of life.

If you have CFS, consider exploring Upper Cervical Care. Book an appointment with an upper cervical chiropractor today. You can effectively manage your chronic fatigue syndrome and enjoy life again with the proper support and guidance.

 

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