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:
- Shortness of Breath (dyspnoea)
- Headaches, confusion, or seizures
- Reduced concentration or "brain fog."
- Joint or muscle pain
- Chest Pain or tightness
- 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.