Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Massage


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that can last for up to 6 months which cannot be explained by an underlying medical condition.  CFS worsens with physical and/or mental activity but does not get better with rest.


Symptoms of CFS include some if not all of the following:

  • Sleep that isn’t refreshing
  • Difficulties with memory, focus and concentration
  • Dizziness that worsens with moving from lying down or sitting to standing
  • Fatigue
  • Problems with memory or concentration
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in your neck or armpits
  • Unexplained muscle or joint pain
  • Dizziness that worsens with moving from lying down or sitting to standing
  • Extreme exhaustion after physical or mental exercise

These symptoms can vary from person to person and the severity of the symptoms can vary from day to day.


There are no definitive causes of CFS.  Some people may be born with a predisposition for the disorder that can be triggered by various factors.  Some triggers are:

  • Viral infections
  • Immune system disorders
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Physical or emotional trauma

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can occur at any age but commonly affects young to middle-aged adults.  More women than men report having CFS.

Is there a cure for CFS?

There is no known cure for CFS; treatment focuses on symptom relief.

How does Chronic Fatigue Syndrome differ from Fibromyalgia

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is characterized by debilitating fatigue vs. Fibromyalgia, characterized by extreme pain.

Does massage help?

Massage can help reduce the anxiety and restlessness associated with CFS as well as improve sleep quality.

Deep tissue massage can specifically be used with those suffering with CFS.  The increased pressure and slower movements utilized during this technique stimulate the capillaries found in soft tissues and help promote improved blood circulation.

As always, communication is key to ensure a positive outcome with massage.  If the touch is deeper than you wish, say so.


Massage and Chronic Fatigue


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