ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help
Facebook Google Plus
Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

10 Fibro-Friendly Foods with a Bonus: Beautiful Skin

Studies Show that Magnesium L-threonate Improves Brain Plasticity, Leading to Direct and Significant...

Clary Sage Oil May Be Pricey, but Its Benefits Are Priceless

Pumpkin Pie Turmeric Breakfast Smoothie - Vegan + Gluten-Free

Component of red wine, grapes can help to reduce inflammation, study finds

Poly MVA: A Novel Therapy for Increasing Energy, Repairing DNA, and Promoting Overall Health

Vitamin D supplementation extends life in mouse model of Huntington's disease

Omega-3 fatty acid stops known trigger of lupus

Conquer Your Email Inbox, Increase Productivity and Reduce Stress

The Significance of Selenium

Print Page
Email Article

Can exercise limits prevent post-exertional malaise in chronic fatigue syndrome? An uncontrolled clinical trial – Source: Clinical Rehabilitation, May 2008

  [ 69 votes ]   [ 1 Comment ]
By J Nijs, et al. • • May 1, 2008

[Note: the full text of this article, which is important to understand the study's findings and conclusions, is available free at the Co-Cure listserv website.]

Objective: It was hypothesized that the use of exercise limits prevents symptom increases and worsening of their health status following a walking exercise in people with chronic fatigue syndrome.

Design: An uncontrolled clinical trial (semi-experimental design).

Setting: Outpatient clinic of a university department. ,p>Subjects: Twenty-four patients with chronic fatigue syndrome.

Interventions: Subjects undertook a walking test with the two concurrent exercise limits. Each subject walked at an intensity where the maximum heart rate was determined by heart rate corresponding to the respiratory exchange ratio=1.0 derived from a previous submaximal exercise test and for a duration calculated from how long each patient felt they were able to walk.

Main outcome measures: The Short Form 36 Health Survey or SF-36, the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptom List, and the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - Activities and Participation Questionnaire were filled in prior to, immediately after and 24 hours after exercise.

Results: The fatigue increase observed immediately post-exercise (P=0.006) returned to pre-exercise levels 24 hours post-exercise. The increase in pain observed immediately post-exercise was retained at 24 hours post-exercise (P=0.03). Fourteen of the 24 subjects experienced a clinically meaningful change in bodily pain (change of SF-36 bodily pain score>=10); 6 indicated that the exercise bout had slightly worsened their health status, and 2 had a clinically meaningful decrease in vitality (change of SF-36 vitality score >=20). There was no change in activity imitations/participation restrictions.

Conclusion: It was shown that the use of exercise limits (limiting both the intensity and duration of exercise) prevents important health status changes following a walking exercise in people with chronic fatigue syndrome, but was unable to prevent short-term symptom increases. [Note: additionally, the authors noted that “The results for a minority of the subjects studied here support the notion that the exercise intensity necessary to cause a symptom increase can be quite mild…” that many subjects overestimated their exercise limits, and that study of other exercise limits to prevent worsening of ME/CFS symptoms & health status in response to exercise is warranted.]

Source: Clinical Rehabilitation, May 2008, 22(5), pp 426-435. PMID: 18441039, by Nijs J, Almond F, De Becker P, Truijen S, Paul L. Department of Human Physiology, Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel. [E-mail:]

Post a Comment

Featured Products From the ProHealth Store
Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® FibroSleep™ Vitamin D3 Extreme™

Looking for Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements?
Search the ProHealth Store for Hundreds of Natural Health Products

Article Comments Post a Comment

Very interesting
Posted by: Juloo
May 7, 2008
So, if I'm getting the jist of it... Those of us with this dd are more likely to overdo than underdo. HA! I completely believe that. Unfortunately, I think most of the uninformed (those without the dd) would think just the opposite. After all, this study seems predicated on that position. Wonder if anyone will believe it?!
Reply Reply
Natural Pain Relief Supplements

Featured Products

FibroSleep™ FibroSleep™
The All-in-One Natural Sleep Aid
Optimized Curcumin Longvida® Optimized Curcumin Longvida®
Supports Cognition, Memory & Overall Health
Vitamin D3 Extreme™ Vitamin D3 Extreme™
50,000 IU Vitamin D3 - Prescription Strength
Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®
Reduce Fatigue up to 45%
Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get energized with malic acid & magnesium

Natural Remedies

When a Good Night's Sleep Is Just a Daydream... When a Good Night's Sleep Is Just a Daydream...
Thyroid Health and Fibromyalgia Thyroid Health and Fibromyalgia
Carry a Massage Therapist in Your Pocket Carry a Massage Therapist in Your Pocket
Herbal Inflammation Management for Whole Body Health Herbal Inflammation Management for Whole Body Health
Fighting Fatigue with Ground-breaking French Oak Wood Extract Fighting Fatigue with Ground-breaking French Oak Wood Extract

ProHealth, Inc.
555 Maple Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(800) 366-6056  |  Email

· Become a Wholesaler
· Vendor Inquiries
· Affiliate Program
Credit Card Processing
Be the first to know about new products, special discounts and the latest health news. *New subscribers only

CONNECT WITH US ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus

© 2016 ProHealth, Inc. All rights reserved. Pain Tracker App  |  Store  |  Customer Service  |  Guarantee  |  Privacy  |  Contact Us  |  Library  |  RSS  |  Site Map