Graded Exercise Therapy

Graded exercise therapy (GET) is physical activity that starts very slowly and gradually increases over time. This approach is used as part of a treatment plan for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and certain other conditions. This method avoids the extremes of the "push-crash" cycle of over exercising during remittance or not exercising at all due to concern of relapse.

Typically the GET begins with active stretching, followed by range-of-motion contractions and extensions, done for five minutes per day for a completely inactive individual. Avoiding extremes is key, and activity must be balanced with rest. Exercise sessions should be preset by the number of repetitions or amount of time. The duration is determined by the patient using trial and error, with the goal of stopping before becoming tired. Research has shown that gradual, guided physical activity can be helpful for those suffering from CFS.

However, despite such currently held views by government health departments on the usefulness of GET (e.g. UK's NHS.), there are still many doubts as to the effectiveness of using such treatment for those suffering from ME/CFS, as raised by studies made by those working more closely with this disease. In particular, their own research found that between 30% and 50% of patients using this method are actually made worse.

Famous quotes containing the words therapy, graded and/or exercise:

    Show business is the best possible therapy for remorse.
    Anita Loos (1888–1981)

    I don’t want to be graded on a curve.
    Mary Carillo (b. 1957)

    Children in home-school conflict situations often receive a double message from their parents: “The school is the hope for your future, listen, be good and learn” and “the school is your enemy. . . .” Children who receive the “school is the enemy” message often go after the enemy—act up, undermine the teacher, undermine the school program, or otherwise exercise their veto power.
    James P. Comer (20th century)