For most people, Covid-19 is a brief but manageable disease. Yet for some people, they are left struggling with symptoms such as fatigue, pain and breathlessness for months.
As many as 20% of people who have had Covid-19 are thought to still be experiencing the after-effects after a month or more.
As our knowledge of the virus expands, it is becoming apparent that it is far more complex than first thought, and in some cases has proved to be devastatingly persistent.
The NHS has recently announced plans to establish a network of Long Covid specialist clinics across England to help patients who are continuing to suffer debilitating symptoms of the virus. Sufferers are reporting a wide spectrum of problems including severe fatigue, breathlessness, muscle aches, or joint pain. Some have even reported hair loss. There are also people experiencing mental health problems which can include ‘brain fog,’ memory loss, a lack of concentration or depression.
Sadly, the reality is that there is currently a substantial increase in rehabilitation needs across the community, and the NHS are struggling to provide the high-quality rehabilitation care for everyone who needs it.
Covid-19 is a multifaceted disease that needs specialist, consistent aftercare. Structured exercise regimes, which can also include breathing techniques, are an effective method of managing most of these symptoms. Combining this with other talking therapies such as CBT treatment will provide improvements in your health.
How can a Physiotherapist help with Long Covid?
Our team of Physiotherapists focus on supporting patients to build up their long-term strength, with the goal being to reverse the decline from deconditioning, reduce breathlessness and fatigue and to better manage pain.
How can Counsellors to CBT Therapists help with Long Covid?
Research shows that CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) is a highly effective form of treatment for those trying to cope with depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress.
The treatment, which encourages and provides people with coping mechanisms, can work alongside medication and is shown to be most effective when delivered in batches of 5 to 10 sessions.
Getting the right care for Long Covid, when you need it
At Connexus Health & Rehabilitation our qualified, highly experienced clinicians will assess patient needs and put in place highly effective treatment plans, ensuring high-quality, personalised therapy.
We are a private clinic and are recognised by all leading health insurance providers. We can offer discounts for patients booking treatment packages, so please enquire about these. We are also able to see you quickly, so even if you are waiting for treatment on the NHS we can help you in the short term.
It is becoming widely recognised across the world that the road to recovery after contracting the coronavirus is not straightforward.
This short video by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy explains more:
We can offer an online service nationally, but our clinic in the centre of Warrington is convenient to patients from across Merseyside and Cheshire and there is plenty of free parking available.