Chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as post-viral syndrome and Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) affects the nervous and immune systems. General consensus appears to be that there is no known cause or cure for the illness.
We believe that this illness is actually due to a low sympathetic drive. The illness precipitates after an injury to the spine and/or a severe and chronic viral infection. An injury to the spine bruises the small joints (facet joints) and the damage is perpetuated by a reflexive protective muscle spasm putting further pressure on the joints. The spasm itself is symptomless but reduces the efficiency of the muscle pump.
Treatment is mainly with physical medicine to relieve the basic problem of the bruised facet joints. Muscle stimulation to the thoracic groups of muscles uses the pumping property of the muscles to reduce the tissue oedema. Massage helps this and gentle remobilisation restores normal movement to the spine. As the spasm is reduced, so is the congestion in the area and the sympathetic drive returns to normal, thus relieving most of the patient’s symptoms.
Treatments that would alleviate the problem are EFT (tapping) and Interx interactive neuro stimulation.