Post-Covid Syndrome (Long Covid)
For individuals affected by Covid-19, and have experienced mild to moderate symptoms, typically recover after 10-14 days. However, for some, there may be lingering symptoms that are still present after this initial recovery period. Although there is no longer presence of the live coronavirus, the impact of the infection can still be very much present resulting in a reduced quality of life. As Covid-19 is still a significant part of our lives, it is unclear as to why these symptoms still linger, However, most scholars believe that the inflammation or dysregulation of the nervous system caused during the infection significantly contribute to the presence of Post-Covid Syndrome.
How does Long-Covid Syndrome affect me?
The Coronavirus typically attacks the respiratory system, causing damage to the lungs. However, the heart, nervous system, kidney and liver can significantly be impacted due to the body’s immune response. Additionally, mental health issues may arise due to grief and loss, chronic pain or fatigue as well as from the social stigma of being infected.
Physically, you may feel:
- Chest pain, due to inflammation of the heart muscle.
- Shortness of breath, potentially caused by scar tissue.
- Fatigue or exhaustion, due to hormonal or neurological dysregulation
- Loss of taste or smell
- Chronic muscle soreness
Psychologically, you may feel:
- Difficulty concentrating or poor memory.
- Emotions such as grief, anxiety, or an impending sense of danger
- Like not being able to move forward or feelings of not being able to be present in the moment.
- Difficulty regulating your thoughts, feelings, moods and behaviors after the accident
- Difficulty falling asleep or waking up rested.
How do we help?
- Regulating the autonomic nervous system to reduce muscle tension, digestive disturbances and overall activation.
- Optimize the parasympathetic nervous system to help calm the mind and allow the body to rest and revitalize.
- Harmonizing the mind-body connection, allowing you to become more present and attuned to your body.
- Address muscle imbalances that were created as a result of traumatic injury or storage of emotions.
- Become more aware of how trauma impacts you and develop an understanding of how you can recover.
- Process past traumas in a safe space where you won’t get stuck.
- Be more present, as the pulls from past trauma will begin to fade away.
- Live more optimally, as your nervous system begins to heal, thus reducing physical symptoms such as muscle tension or digestive issues.
- Develop effective coping mechanisms to limit the negative impact of future adversities, thus protecting you from becoming traumatized.