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Graded Exercise Therapy (GET)

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Updated November 28, 2012

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Definition:

Graded exercise therapy (GET) is a treatment that's commonly recommended for chronic fatigue syndrome. GET is a guided physical activity that starts at a very low intensity, and gradually increases. The aim of GET for chronic fatigue syndrome is to improve stamina without causing the symptom flare often associated with exertion in this illness (called post-exertional malaise).

GET is often maligned by chronic fatigue syndrome patient groups. The controversy stems mainly from the use of GET as a primary treatment rather than as secondary to more traditional treatments, such as medications or nutritional supplements.

GET is often combined with cognitive behavioral therapy.

Examples:
My friend used graded exercise therapy to increase her stamina, so now she can walk around the block instead of just to the mailbox.
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