Chartered Physiotherapist - MSc, BSc Hons, DipMedAc, MISCP
Simon Coghlan holds a Master of Science Degree in Physiotherapy and is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. A post graduate Diploma in Medical Acupuncture entitles him to accredited membership of the British Medical Acupuncture Society. Simon specialises in the...
Chartered Physiotherapist - MSc, BSc Hons, DipMedAc, MISCP
Simon Coghlan holds a Master of Science Degree in Physiotherapy and is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. A post graduate Diploma in Medical Acupuncture entitles him to accredited membership of the British Medical Acupuncture Society. Simon specialises in the integration of medical acupuncture techniques with manual therapy and therapeutic exercise for the treatment of musculo-skeletal pain and dysfunction.

Support for those with Long-Covid

In recent weeks many of our clients have mentioned they know of friends or family members struggling with the symptoms of what is being referred to as Long-Covid. Many are unsure which healthcare providers are best able to provide support. 
What is Long-Covid?
Most people who experience Covid-19 will have symptoms that resolve within approximately 12 weeks. The majority of those who develop COVID-19 will experience mild symptoms followed by a period of tiredness or fatigue for several weeks before making a full recovery. 
Unfortunately, some will experience either prolonged symptoms or, after beginning to recover, develop a recurrence of symptoms approximately six weeks after their initial infection. If symptoms persist for longer than 12 weeks, this may be referred to as Long-Covid.
The umbrella term of Long-Covid describes the cluster of signs and symptoms which may develop or persist after the acute phase of the infection.
Examples of Symptoms:
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of Breath (dyspnoea)
  • Headaches, confusion, or seizures
  • Reduced concentration or "brain fog."
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Chest Pain or tightness
  • Cough
  • Loss of Smell (anosmia)
Alongside doctors and nurses, physiotherapists have played a key role in caring for and treating Covid-19 patients in hospitals and at home. The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) has recently launched a campaign to highlight the role of physiotherapists in managing not only acute Covid-19 symptoms but also the symptoms associated with Long-Covid.
Here at Mount Merrion Physiotherapy & Health, we offer courses of treatment to support and facilitate the recovery of those with Long-Covid symptoms.
Treatment may include a combination of the following techniques:
  • Corrective breathing techniques and home exercises 
  • Activity pacing 
  • Cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility exercise programmes
  • Diet and nutrition information and education resources
  • Medical acupuncture to support the function and recovery of the immune system and help ease muscle and joint pain. For more information, please click here
  • Manual therapy to help alleviate muscle tension and assist in improving joint mobility
ISCP & Long-Covid in the News
Here is some of the recent coverage.
If you or a friend or family member is struggling with Long-Covid, please get in touch and book an initial assessment with physiotherapists Katie, Rachael or Sadhbh by calling us on 01-2834303.
In good health.
Simon Coghlan.
Practice Principal
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Stress management

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The guiding principles are regularity, variety, frequency and adequate rest and recovery.

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Looking after your flexibility as you get older is essential. 

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Maintaining flexibility is also important to be able to play sport and reduce the risk of injury. Age-related changes in the make-up of the connective tissues, which hold our body parts together, may contribute to the loss of flexibility that affects the risk of injury and reduces sports performance.1 For example, good hip movement is necessary to allow for longevity when playing football, tennis, and golf. 

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