Guidelines for healthy are inappropriate for ME/CFS patients, as they can often cause post-exertional relapse. For the moderately impaired, 1-2 min of gentle stretching followed by rest is recommended as an exercise. If no symptoms of post-exertional relapse have occurred after stretching, short intervals of recumbent exercise can be utilized. Treating stretching as a form of graded exercise therapy may be useful to prevent overexertion.
Stretching can help prevent excessive pooling of blood, which can lead to orthostatic intolerance.
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