Remote Exercise Helps CFS Patients

Remote Exercise Helps CFS Patients

Researchers have found that an expert guided and self help exercise program can help CFS or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers.

I the study, 200 CFS patients engaged in workouts 1 for a duration of 12 weeks via phone or online video support.  The exercise regimen was conducted by a physiotherapist.  The program was designed to increase physical activity once the regimen has been started.

CFS patients can suffer from a number of ailments such as sore throat, headaches, tender lymph nodes, and muscle and joint pain.  This new approach may allow for sufferers to alleviate the severity of their symptoms.

GES or “Graded Exercise Program”, showed that participants did indeed gain more energy.  Now it’s time for further long term study to see if the results last after the the initial 12 week study.  Doctors of the study emphasized that it wasn’t advisable to push patients to a higher level of exercise when they’re not ready.  It also shows that this kind of remote guidance training can be applied to people suffering from a variety of maladies.

GES is excellent regarding today’s communication technologies.  Thanks to the internet, a GES counselor can contact people from anywhere in the world where there is internet access.

This breakthrough needs further study and it calls for physicians to work closely with patients and support people, but it sure has implications far reaching the study itself.

Americans have such a sedentary lifestyle that their diets and sloth behavior allows for obesity and that leads to several chronic diseases like diabetes and heart diseases.  Some people just can’t make it to a gymnasium, so having a professional guide them through moderate exercise remotely may be the answer to a number of problems.

So far, specialists are studying but it isn’t unlike when people attend online yoga or other exercise regimens.  The difference here is that this study has medical professionals doing the guidance.  People have shown that they can enjoy the befits of remote or even recorded training.  Recorded isn’t applicable here in that during the study the specialists are live.  They can monitor their patients and look for possible signs of both distress or success.

 

Making It Scalable

Making this approach scalable, meaning to apply higher and more complex regimens, means lots of trial and error.  CFS patients are hard put in the first place.  They tire too easily and require a number of medications to be able to function during the day.  Strict statistical data should be collected with each patient ranging from blood pressure to lab tests.  It will be required to see how the blood work changes.  In addition, the cognitive functions of each patient should be monitored.

Long term results will be of significant importance as it will determine which exercises and procedures work well.  After the trial and error it will provide a more streamlined approach to further engineering of more effective regimens.

CFS patients aren’t the only ones who can benefit by this process.  People who are housebound could use a remote trainer.  If they’re suffering from other maladies like diabetic neuropathy that causes shooting pains in the feet and hands, they may not be able to go about and visit a gym. One of the prescribed ways to alleviate the symptoms of neuropathy is exercise.  If they can’t get to a gym they’ll do better with a trained professional guiding them along the way.  In addition, with today’s app technologies a patient can have their vitals sent to the trainer via wireless and the trainer can monitor progress and adjust the workout 2 accordingly for maximum effects.

At home veterans suffering from injuries and needing to rehabilitate, can use this kind of approach.  It would save tons of money transporting them to gyms and doctors’ offices.  They could even have some of their own fellow veterans who are medical professionals take the lead in being trainers.  This would allow for people being trained by people who understand their situations more.

People who’ve never gotten into the groove of exercise and need to get on the ball can match up with a specialist who can monitor them and make sure they get off on the right foot.  This way people won’t just rush in and end up injuring themselves.  It also allows researchers the ability to compile vital data that can be evaluated and a better regimen established.  Cheaper too as the patient wouldn’t have to travel to a gym.

Kids who need an exercise program can benefit too.  Getting the young involved in controlled exercise is important to establishing a long term lifestyle of good healthy and wellbeing.  Specialists who train kids would have to be entertaining as they wouldn’t want to bore the young ones.

Seniors too can benefit.  It’s important that seniors are monitored for their vials every step of the way.  They may be slow to start at first, but they also need to be educated in the exercises that will get their core systems rejuvenated so that further exercise can be achieved.  The gathered data will allow for safer and more effective treatments in the future.

 

Final word

If this all pans out there will definitely be a market for specialists.  It could be a whole new industry regarding physical fitness and regenerative medicine and a variety of science fields including nutrition.  Entire families and offices and classes can take part in such processes and it might end up that insurance companies will enjoy it as it’s preventative and will keep people out of hospitals.  The difference here from the remote trainers of today is that these new remote trainers will be medical professionals with state of the art technologies.   In the end it will be a new raised bar in treating people.

 

About Dr Adam Blackwell

Adam Blackwell M.D. Author and Associate Professor of Medicine at NYU.
Dr Adam writes regularly for NBC med.

Footnotes

  1. CFS workouts (cfs recovery project) How to Benefit from Exercise Even Though You Have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  2. Obstacle Workout App (Obstacleworkout.com) Obstacleworkout.com