Aggressive rest therapy

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Aggressive rest therapy or ART is a behavioral treatment developed for ME/CFS involving choosing to rest, even at times when the person has enough energy that they feel able to do some activity.[1]

Gregg Fisher, who coined the term Aggressive Rest Therapy[2] describes it has:

The concept of ART is not just to rest when you feel horribly ill or even merely to eliminate "pushing." This is a program of aggressive rest. Even when you feel you have a little energy, you should rest. — Gregg Fisher, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Comprehensive Guide to Symptoms, Treatments, and Solving the Practical Problems of CFS

Theory[edit | edit source]

Aggressive rest therapy was devised by the father of an adult patient with ME/CFS, based on the observation that activity made patients worse, medication and experimental treatments were not a cure, and only rest seemed to make symptoms less severe.[1] It was thought that rest may not only lessen symptoms but may be a potential cure for ME/CFS.[1]

Gregg Fisher states that he and his wife had both spent considerable energy seeking out and trying experimental treatments, and the energy spent on this had not allowed them time to rest.[1]

Evidence[edit | edit source]

No clinical trials have been conducted on the effectiveness of aggressive rest therapy. Only very limited accounts of individual patient experiences exist.[3]

Risks and safety[edit | edit source]

Costs and availability[edit | edit source]

Free. No equipment is needed.

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Learn more[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.01.11.21.3 Fisher, Gregg Charles; Cheney, Paul R.; Gantz, Nelson M.; Klonoff, David C.; Oleske, James M. (Sep 26, 2009). Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Comprehensive Guide to Symptoms, Treatments, and Solving the Practical Problems of CFS. Grand Central Publishing. p. 51. ISBN 978-0-446-56749-7. 
  2. Play, Leela (June 2019), Using A Heart Rate Monitor & ME-”Exercise” Resources (32), ME Global Chronicle, pp. 52–53 
  3. Casanova, Kenneth (Dec 1, 2015). "Recovering from ME/CFS". 

chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - A fatigue-based illness. The term CFS was invented invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control as an replacement for myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). Some view CFS as a neurological disease, others use the term for any unexplained long-term fatigue (idiopathic chronic fatigue) without additional symptoms. Sometimes used as a the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, despite the different diagnostic criteria.

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chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - A fatigue-based illness. The term CFS was invented invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control as an replacement for myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). Some view CFS as a neurological disease, others use the term for any unexplained long-term fatigue (idiopathic chronic fatigue) without additional symptoms. Sometimes used as a the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, despite the different diagnostic criteria.

ME/CFS - An acronym that combines myalgic encephalomyelitis with chronic fatigue syndrome. Sometimes they are combined because people have trouble distinguishing one from the other. Sometimes they are combined because people see them as synonyms of each other.

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