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Eura Medicophys. 2006 Jun;42(2):97-102.

Submaximal aerobic exercise with mechanical vibrations improves the functional status of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome.

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  • 1Physical Therapy Institute, Department of Medicine and Aging, G. D'Annunzio University, Chieti, Italy.

Abstract

AIM:

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is an illness characterised by disabling fatigue of uncertain aetiology and other nonspecific symptoms. Typically CFS patients complain of a severe fatigue made worse by exercise, with a consistent reduction of working activity. A physical deconditioning could explain CFS features as well as a neuromuscular dysfunction, of central or peripheric origin.

METHODS:

Ten CFS patients were enrolled in a protocol of a rehabilitative treatment over a six-month period: they underwent a submaximal and predominantly aerobic exercise with a reduced O2 consumption using a Galileo 2000 system that provides mechanical vibrations characterised by sinusoid vertical sollecitations. Before and after such treatment, all patients underwent a pressure pain thresholds profile, an evaluation of physical and psychosocial parameters using the visual analogue scale (VAS) of Scott-Huskisson, and a muscle performance analysis by the CIBEX 6000 dynamometer.

RESULTS:

After the six-month period of study there was an overall improvement of the above described parameters as compared to the basal determinations.

CONCLUSION:

We conclude that the rehabilitative exertion provides an useful treatment for CFS patients particularly to realize an effective training of the explosive strength.

PMID:
16767057
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