Whilst the biological changes present within the system play a significant role on the person’s symptoms and capacity, various other factors (which often develop as an effect of the condition) may perpetuate the symptoms e.g. insomnia, anxiety, depression, de-conditioning and boom/bust activity patterns. Through the identification of these factors and the application of a an individualised treatment plan which tackle these culprits, we can significantly reduce symptoms, prevent further domino effects and maximise outcomes.
ZEBRAS CFS/ME PROGRAM
Our program is based on a combination of safe treatments which are chosen to suit each individual depending on their history, symptoms, capacity and goals. There is no one size fits all with this population group. Each person is investigated as a whole and the appropriate evidence based program is developed as determined after a thorough assessment and consultation with our Complex Care Coordinator.
THERAPEUTIC NEUROSCIENCE EDUCATION SESSIONS
One-on-one therapeutic neuroscience education sessions will cover the following topics dependent on the patients’ needs assessed during the initial assessment and continuously monitored and discussed between the patient and therapist:
Sympathetic Overload & PEM Physiology
Home Based Movement
Goal Setting / Gradual Exposure Planning
Trigger identification & Prevention
Sleep Physiology / Hygiene
The Stress Response
DIMS / SIMS
Gradual Return to Work & School
Graded Motor Imagery
We know the importance of a holistic program in the recovery from CFS/ME. Movement sessions will be introduced after an initial musculoskeletal assessment and movement screening has been conducted. Movement sessions are carefully constructed and monitored (during and after the completion of the session) to ensure that PEM is NOT triggered by the movement session. These sessions may consist of: one on one or small group Exercise Physiology sessions, Pilates, Physiotherapy, anti-gravity treadmill or yoga and will focus on:
Personalised Movement Prescription
Address Musculoskeletal Injuries
Supervised & Home Based Programs
Physical Load Monitoring
Breathing Through Movement
Psychology sessions involve education and psychological approaches to manage chronic health issues. These sessions also target any psychological challenges which may have developed due the chronic condition (eg. anxiety, depression) or unrelated factors which may affect mood and stress levels which are likely to impact on symptoms.
The Impact of Fatigue
Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Addressing Barriers to Change
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
The goal of these sessions is to have an enjoyable, relaxing experience and to stimulate the parasympathetic (rest & relax) side of your autonomic nervous system to reduce sympathetic overload. These techniques will be implemented within the Zebras facility at also at the patients home.
Restorative Yoga and Pranayama
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