Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS) - Part 2: Providing Compassionate and effective EP treatment

We have the privilege of observing the process of working with a client with ME/CFS from the initial assessment through to potential discharge. To start out Florence suggests we address the perpetuating factors of ME/CFS in order to create space and potential for movement prescription. As you might expect, the prescription variables for this population are broad and person-centred. In lieu of specific recommendations, Florence cleverly offers us overarching guidelines and suggestions for helpful language. The task of data collection can feel daunting for both practitioner and client; therefore, it is worthwhile to consider the variety of options available, tailor the plan to the individual and be prepared for a lengthy process. It is worth doing as it allows you to develop rationales for your advice, and is a process that develops insight and a working understanding for expanding self-management. Working in this area can provide tremendous satisfaction and hope. There are reasonable challenges, and these can be managed through thoughtful planning and well-focussed intention. Florence closes with suggestions for supporting yourself as a practitioner as you support those with ME/CFS.

Presented by Florence Kelly

Florence is a senior Accredited Exercise Physiologist, and a Yoga and Meditation Teacher. Whilst spending two years working in musculoskeletal rehab, she was drawn to complex patients with invisible illnesses; a group who were all too often dismissed or put in the “too hard basket”. Having spent the last 10 years in the private practice sector, Florence has developed her skills in providing care to clients with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, central sensitivity, chronic migraine, Fibromyalgia, EDS, chronic pain and POTS. 
She has worked in various clinics including the ESSA award winning practice: Active Health Clinic. She has recently co-founded her own practice: Connect Mind Body with psychologist Paula Sladdin where she continues her work with these fascinating conditions using a biopsychosocial model of care.

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