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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) in Children
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment in Childhood Using Manual Lymphatic Drainage Techniques - a treatment breakthrough!
Management of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Children - a major cause of school absence and exclusion
Many people call Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ME. ME stands for Myalgic Encephalopathy (My-al-jik En-kefa-lop-athy), which is why I will be calling it Chronic Fatigue from now on .
Is Chronic Fatigue messing up your education? Are you on part-time schooling? Are you tired all the time, and feel wasted in lessons? Is your school work suffering because of exhaustion? Have you had to give up sports and after school clubs? Do you have to remain at home when all your friends are out playing? Do you long for the day when you can get back to normal?
You aren't alone! Many children have this problem, and it is something you shouldn't worry about, because help is available. Chronic fatigue is an important cause of unexplained absense from school. However, fewer than one in five children with CFS or ME ever receive a diagnosis or are offered treatment. This can mean that you can spend a lot of time off of school for no, or seemingly dubious, reasons. Many teachers and heads are very unsympathetic when it comes to chronic fatigue, as you are making a big dent in their attendence figures for something they don't believe in, or don't understand.
You can't really blame them though. Around 50% of GP's struggle to diagnose chronic fatique in adults, let alone picking it up in children. No wonder many children with CFS or ME remain undiagnosed and untreated, for months, or even years.
It seems that acute illness, and/or viral infection, appears to precede the condition in two-thirds of affected children. But this doesn't mean that CFS is spread by a virus, rather that a viral attack alters the body's ability to make its own energy from the food we eat, and the chemical reactions that are going on in each and every cell in the body.
So what should a parent do when faced with a child with severe, disabling fatigue? It is known that excessive rest can be hugely damaging to a developing child. Muscle strength and volume, mitochondrial function, and the energy producing capacity of the body are all severly hampered by excessive rest.
The 'snowball' effect of this can be seen in children who just stop everything and end up further exhausted, confirming for parents and the child that more rest is needed. One of the effects of this is to see the child move toward depression, moodiness, lack of self esteem and with little or no motivation.
I often find that by the time parents bring their children for treatment, they have already tried many of the conventional treatments that don't work very well for the relief of CFS and have begun to believe there is no cure for their condition. They may have been suffering for months and the light at the end of the tunnel is looking decidedly dim.
Most have tried various diets, physiotherapy, dietary supplements, antidepressants, pain killers, pacing, complementary and alternative medicine, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), graded exercise therapy (GET), the list goes on and on. I really want this to change. After performing many treatments on adults, and seeing the effect it has had on bringing their energy levels back to a useful capacity, I have adapted the treatment to be suitable for use on children.
So you use Manual Lymphatic Drainage to treat CFS?
Yes, but the childrens version is not a cut down version. I spend the same amount of time treating the child as I do an adult. This seems to have the effect of getting them back to school much earlier than normal.
Please click the link to learn more about Manual Lymph Drainage, or here, for using MLD in the treatment of CFS.
Can you help my child recover from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? What I can say is that, so far, all of the children that have come to The Haven for MLD treatment for their chronic fatigue have shown remarkable signs of improvement. Children attending for part-time schooling, seem to quickly return to full-time education. Nothing gives me more pleasure than to hear a young lad excitedy telling me how he is back playing football with his mates. Or the beaming smile of a young lady who is back riding her horse after being to exhausted for the previous six months to even brush her horse or clean the stable. If you think your child may benefit from this type of treatment, contact me, or see the appointments page for how to give this a try for yourself or your child.
If you live in the Bristol or South West area, appointments and a treatment price list are available by clicking here. I look forward to welcoming you soon where we can talk about a treatment plan structured around your childs needs. Phil. Let's make this extraordinary treatment plan work for you!
All too often, beliefs about chronic fatigue drive available treatment options, with some GP's and healthcare workers offering very little in terms of guidance and advice. Their hands-off approach means you may be offered few alternatives and even fewer appointments. The general advice will be to rest, and we've already seen how this leads to more atrophy and exhaustion, to avoid stress and hard activity (what in children? In one ear and out the other, mate), and to wait (sometimes for years) for the symptoms to subside.
No wonder parents and their children are frustrated! What is there to look forward to here? Lost education, social isolation, lack of exercise, weight gain, a slowing of normal development and reduction in positive interaction.
If you are a parent searching for information that may help your child overcome chronic fatigue, then NOW is the time to take action. Children with CFS miss a great deal of school. The problem here is, the more school they miss, the more worried they become about being left behind. The more they are left behind educationally, the more worried they are about going back to school. It is not unusual for children who are normally confident, popular and outgoing before their illness, to become shy, withdrawn, isolated and too frightened to go out or meet friends.
If this applies to your child, then I may be able to help them with that aspect too. I'll be happy to teach your child a useful little technique called EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), which will help them overcome any emotional issues that have taken hold during their illness. It's not unusual for children to become angry, rebellious or anxious when they have CFS. It's just one of those issues borne of frustration, made worse when you don't know why this is happening to you. EFT is a useful skill and a tool, that once learned, will stay with you, and will benefit you, your whole life.
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