Covid & Long Covid
Techniques to help recovery
That can also help Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Dysautonomia
As we all now know, Covid-19 is no ordinary virus and everyone has an opnion or belief on it. I'm not writing this page looking for any debate on what it is or isn't. All I know, is that people are suffering and I have some tools that can help.
I've known people who have had it mild and were fine after, I've known many who had it bad and ended up in hospital (and thankfully have since recovered fully), I've unfortuanately also known a few who have passed from it who were healthy and young and then a there are those I know who got it and are still suffering with many varied symptoms months later, some akin to chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyaglia amd dysautonomia - the last two of which I know a fair bit of knowledge about as I have them, apparently brought on by a random virus I had 10 years ago. and this is why Long Covid has sparked my research and wanting to help.
The numbers of those affected by long Covid are still emerging, but research suggests around one in five people who test positive for Covid-19 have symptoms for five weeks or longer. For around one in ten people, they last twelve weeks or longer.
So what is Long Covid?
Long Covid can encompass a whole range of long-term symptoms that range from extreme fatigue, aching joints, palpitations, a persistent cough, headaches, nausea, chest pain, and many more that are consistent with other autonomic dysunctions.
However, these can change over time and may also be different for each person. Those who are suffering from the condition are having to feel their way in the dark as medical professionals are still determining how best to treat it.
It is said that it will take along time before any major research is done on the long terms effects of Covid and people are suffering now with the how the virus has affected and contnues to affect their lives. Happily, there are some things we can do now that appear to be helping many, sometimes a little and sometimes quite drastically.
Can Yoga really help?
The answer is yes but with caution! you dont want to be returning to or jumping into first time, a vigourous practice, even if you had one before as it could set you back as it has for some yoga teachers.
Many modalities such as gentle yoga, meditation, hypnotherapy, EFT, thought reframing and especially breath work can all have a part in helping to improve and re-blance the nervous, hormonal and immune systems, help breathlessness and anxiety and try to improve the quality of life for those that have been impacted by the virus and may still be suffering months later. Some things in yoga that you would think to be helpful, could actually be unhelpful for some, so it's important to really discuss what symptoms you have and not treat it as a one size fits all approach.
Most of all we know, that through deployment of some simple practices we can positively change the way people are impacted by Covid and the long-term symptoms of Long Covid.
None of what is offered is claimed to cure or diagnose or to replace any medical advice, but as always with anything on this site and in practice, it is to be complementary
When breathing is an issue, the most important thing is to make sure that breathing is as easy as possible. In the ICU departments in hospitals, medical staff have found that ‘proning’ patients helps them to breathe more easily. This means that teams of doctors and nurses are turning patients onto their fronts to allow the lungs space in the back chest cavity. Our lungs are bigger at the back than they are at the front. With this in mind, any poses that involve lying flat on your back are unlikely to be helpful as it may increase the heart rate,
It also makes sense that breathwork would help to strengthen the lungs, but again, this comes with caution as Covid-19 can cause scarring of the delicate lung tissue and any forceful breathing may add to this damage.
At the early stages only breath awareness and equal breath would be advisable, mainly to alleviate any anxiety triggered by the symptoms and then other breath techniques can be added in when comfortable to help strengthen the lungs.
The simple practices offered include:
Re-balancing the immune, hormone and nervous systems through
simple restorative postures
gentle movement flows
These are also the same therapeutic techniques I offer for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Autonomic Nervous Disorders.
For more information on private sessions online or in person and workshops, please contact Vernette