Pro­gramme helps fa­tigue suf­fer­ers

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Those in the Welling­ton area suf­fer­ing from chronic fa­tigue syn­drome are be­ing given a bet­ter op­por­tu­nity to fight the ill­ness.

A path­way de­vel­oped by clin­i­cians at Cap­i­tal & Coast District Health Board will al­low sep­a­rate spe­cial­ties to work closely to­gether to help the pa­tient re­cover.

Chronic fa­tigue syn­drome af­fects up to 20,000 peo­ple of all ages, so­cioe­co­nomic and eth­nic groups in New Zealand.

‘‘It’s an over­whelm­ing sense of fa­tigue, where a per­son’s ev­ery­day func­tion is im­pacted,’’ said clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist Matthew Leaver.

The path­way al­lows phys­io­ther­a­pists and psy­chol­o­gists to work sep­a­rately with the pa­tient, but they can then share in­for­ma­tion with each other.

Leaver said the spe­cial­ties worked well to­gether to speed up the re­cov­ery process.

‘‘ We deal with the psy­cho­log­i­cal ef­fects of hav­ing chronic fa­tigue syn­drome and mo­ti­vate peo­ple to get in­volved with phys­io­ther­apy,’’ he said.

The phys­io­ther­apy pro­gramme in­volves sta­bil­is­ing the pa­tients’ phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, fol­lowed by grad­ual planned in­creases to ex­tend their phys­i­cal func­tion­ing beyond their cur­rent abil­ity.

Phys­io­ther­a­pist Vanessa Simp­son said the plan was help­ing pa­tients feel stronger and health­ier, and more in con­trol of their sit­u­a­tion.

‘‘One pa­tient said to me fol­low­ing com­ple­tion of the pro­gramme that she now liked ex­er­cise as op­posed to fear­ing it,’’ Simp­son said.

Phys­io­ther­apy clin­ics are be­ing run in Welling­ton, Kenepuru and Kapiti.

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