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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Center

General Overview

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a chronic, debilitating disorder that affects the brain and multiple parts of the body. The condition causes extreme fatigue that is not relieved with bedrest and is often made worse by physical or mental activity.

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Living With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chiropractic treatment: what you should know

Chiropractic treatment has gained increasing acceptance by both consumers and insurance agencies, many of which now offer plans covering the treatment. And yet, the research regarding the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment is inconclusive at best. In addition, while chiropractic is generally safe, there are a few risks associated with it.

Eating healthfully: tips to make it easier

Many people wonder how to cook and eat healthier foods which don't require a lot of time or money. Chances are that you have a good understanding of the basic principles of health and nutrition. But thanks to today's fast-paced lifestyles, the real challenge is practicing what you know.

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Living with chronic fatigue syndrome: an interview with Alicia

Read about how difficult Alicia's diagnosis process was, and about what limitations the disease now imposes on her daily life.

 

Living With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Continued)

Massage therapy

Along with herbal treatment, touch-based therapy is undoubtedly one of the most ancient forms of medical care. We instinctively stroke and rub areas of our body that hurt; massage therapy develops this instinct into a professional treatment.

Moving meditation: the art of tai chi

Breathe in, breathe out. Let your chest rise, now let it fall. Shift your body weight to your left leg and stretch your arms out to the left, now slowly sway your arms and your body weight over to the right. Complementary movements; mental and physical balance; yin and yang—this is the essence of tai chi.

Stretching exercises

Stretching is an essential part of a complete exercise program. However, many people skip it, thinking they don't have enough time or it's not very important. Read on to find out why it is so important, and how to go about it.

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Yoga: finding the right type and the right teacher

Close to 10 million Americans report they do yoga, an exercise made up of a series of poses based on an ancient Indian spiritual discipline. If you're interested in starting yoga, you might want to try an introductory drop-in session—an option at many studios and establishments—before committing to weekly classes.

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When a loved one has chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia

It can be very hard for friends and relatives to get a handle on what's going on when someone has such unpredictable and debilitating symptoms. Learn some essential guidelines on how to react.

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Resources

CFIDS Association of America
http://www.cfids.org/
The National CFDIS Foundation
http://www.ncf-net.org
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