Sandra Disla, LMT in Vancouver, Can Help You Get Relief from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
About half a million Canadians suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome. Once thought to be psychosomatic, the medical world is catching on to the reality of CFS and developing new treatments for it.
What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
CFS, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), is a neurological disease. It is characterized by the following symptoms, whether intermittent or constant, for a period of at least six months:
- Severe fatigue. Something as benign as brushing your teeth can become exhausting.
- Unrefreshing sleep. You’ll sleep for long stretches, but feel tired and irritable upon awakening.
- Chronic pain. You’re beset with neuro-muscular pain that affects the muscles and joints.
- Flu symptoms. You’ll have never ending flu symptoms, like an itchy throat or a runny nose.
Misconceptions About Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
These symptoms can overlap with those of many other illnesses, such as chronic mononucleosis, fibromyalgia, and chemical sensitivities. Diagnosis can be lengthy as other, more common, illnesses are ruled out. Meanwhile, doctors and family alike could assume your symptoms are due to depression.
Because CFS leads to depression, you’ll probably get inappropriate lectures that you should just “snap out of it.” But in this case, depression is not what caused your symptoms. Despite misconceptions, CFS is the root of it all.
Treatments for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Typically, your doctor might prescribe antidepressants and pain medication, but these might not relieve exhaustion. While there is no cure for CFS, a few lifestyle changes can make the condition more bearable.
- Dietary changes. High caloric loads that need a lot of processing will tire your body out. Stick to small meals of fruit, vegetables and protein, five times a day.
- Graded exercise. It’s helpful to build up very slowly over a one-year period to 20 minutes of light exercise, like walking.
- Cognitive behavior therapy. Different from the “snap out of it” lectures, these therapy sessions help change the way you think about your illness so you can handle it differently. Many report positive changes in this manner.
- Massage. Not only does massage help relax the body, it improves your circulation, which can lead to decreased pain. However, one of the best reasons for massage therapy by a licensed therapist is the drainage of lymph.
What Does Lymph Have to Do With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Lymph is part of the lymphatic system, which in turn is part of your overall immune system. Lymph contains protein, water and waste materials. There are several lymph nodes in the body that filter waste. The problem is that the lymphatic system is easily slowed by environmental toxins, lack of exercise, dehydration, stress and other factors.
Lymph can build up and cause pain and inflammation, brain fog and – you guessed it – chronic fatigue. Enlarged lymph nodes can be another symptom of CFS. They indicate a backup of lymph.
Massage Therapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Gentle massage helps dispel the accumulation of lymph in your body, thereby bringing relief to the fatigue and pain that characterizes CFS. Lymph drainage is best practiced by a licensed massage therapist. It involves light massage in the direction of the various lymph nodes in the body. A deep tissue massage from your partner, on the other hand, can cause intensified and prolonged pain.
For CFS relief, a licensed therapist normally uses the Vodder method, among other massage techniques, to help rid the body of congested lymph. With the Vodder method, the therapist uses light circular motions to help move stagnant lymph. It is a relaxing massage that leads to decreased inflammation and less pain in the body along with an improved quality of sleep.
Contact Sandra Disla, LMT in Vancouver, for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Massage
Licensed Massage Therapist Sandra Disla doesn’t believe your symptoms are something you can “snap out of.” She has written a guide for those living with the syndrome: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Lymphatic Drainage: the Power to Help.
Disla says, “I don’t rely on drug therapies to treat symptoms. I like to use a more holistic approach that focuses on improved dietary habits, very light, graded exercise and, of course, lymphatic drainage massages to move stagnant lymph. I’ve seen a lot of improved lives.”
For less pain and fatigue and an improved quality of life, contact Sandra Disla, LMT, for your free consultation. Call (604) 551-6255 today.