Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition with which you experience prolonged, severe fatigue that is not relieved by rest and is not caused by any other condition or disease. People who are diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome experience such an extreme degree of tiredness that their ability to participate in ordinary activities is decreased by 50% or more. Other symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome include headaches, joint pain, muscle aches, mild fever and a sore throat. There is no cure for chronic fatigue syndrome, but treating underlying symptoms such as pain, discomfort, anxiety and depression can help.
This article will describe some common self acupressure treatments for treating the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. It does not constitute or replace medical advice. If you have been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, follow your doctor’s advice carefully and consult with him or her before trying any of the acupressure techniques in this article.
Acupressure is a simple treatment, similar to acupuncture, that uses the pressure of your fingers, knuckles and hands to stimulate certain trigger points called “acupoints” in your body. You can experiment to discover what technique works best for you, and what type of pressure you need to apply. You should feel some discomfort as you work on the acupoints, but not severe pain. Acupressure usually starts offering some relief after holding an acupoint for fifteen to thirty seconds, although sometimes you may need to work on a point longer (up to five minutes in some cases). If you do not experience any reactions, such as the easing or relaxing of a muscle, you may not have the right acupoint or may not be using enough pressure.
Acupressure has been found to help people diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome deal with the tired, weak feeling of their disease. One useful point is found three finger widths below your navel. Press down on this point for up to two minutes, and please remember to breath. This acupoint has also been found to help alleviate the dizziness and confusion related to chronic fatigue syndrome. Another technique to try is to place your finger on the highest point of your shoulder, moving toward your neck, until you find the most tender spot. Press down on this area until you feel the muscle relaxing. This can help with the fatigue and depression of chronic fatigue syndrome. It has also been found to help with headaches, dizziness, neck pain, shoulder tension and stress. For anxiety, depression and low energy, try pressing down four finger widths below your knee, on the outside of your leg.
These are just a few simple treatments for you to try. If you find relief, you should explore this treatment further. If you are nervous about trying acupressure techniques yourself, make an appointment with a practitioner first to discuss pressure points and a treatment plan. Many people have found relief from their symptoms using this ancient healing art.