A short blog on Post Covid and Long Covid recovery
First of all, it is imperative to note that all the medical complications arising from having Covid are still being examined. There appear to be a plethora of symptoms and conditions presenting themselves in post Covid patients and everyone will experience different problems to differing degrees. The medical community are also not able to give any guarantee of recovery- in fact, some peoples’ symptoms have been seen to get progressively worse. Long-term studies have yet to be conducted into this new pathogen that will shape all our lives this decade. But there is something we can do to help- exercise safely.
In an April 2021 ONS survey, just under three quarters of a million people in the UK said they ‘experience at least some limitation’ in their day-to-day activities with a staggering 1.1million experiencing long Covid symptoms in February 2021.
Even if they may be over the acute phase of Covid, people are struggling to recover. Symptoms like pain, fatigue, brain fog and neurological disorders are common making it challenging to take up exercise again.
The problem is that exercise is key to healing- the phrase ‘movement is medicine’ is more than a mantra. Patients who have required hospital treatment or long periods of bed rest can suffer ‘post critical care syndrome’ in which the body becomes deconditioned through a lack of movement. We need daily movement to optimize the workings of our inner body and keep our homeostasis in check.
Moreover The Lancet Psychiatry has just produced a study showing that one in three people with Covid received a formal neurological or psychiatric diagnosis within six month of infection. That’s a staggering statistic. Anxiety and mood disorders were the most common diagnoses. And we know that exercise is one of the most powerful non-pharmaceutical treatments for psychiatric conditions. Particularly when you are interacting with other people as you work out.
Even if you are unable to shake off the lasting effects of Covid entirely, gentle exercise is key to overcoming pain and inflammation in the body. And Pilates and Yoga are particularly good exercise disciplines for anyone with autoimmune weaknesses. The steady deep rhythmic breathe patterns in both Pilates and Yoga help switch on the body’s healing signals in its parasympathetic state.
So there are many reasons to take up exercise as soon as possible following Covid. We are confident that one of the best paths to regain fitness post-Covid is on the Pilates Equipment. Machines like those found at One Grove are being used at private hospitals across North America already to excellent effect, with patients seeing significant improvements in their stamina and overall conditioning. See Merrithew’s Blog Post here.
When you are feeling weak or concerned about post-exertional malaise, it’s a good plan to have a varied programme working with adaptable resistance- this is where the spring tension inherent in all the Pilates machinery is exceptional. Plus, you can lie down on the Reformer and Cadillac tables machines so you won’t feel like you are having to push your body too hard. Simply put, the Pilates equipment lends itself to the efficient training of strength, balance and coordination through full-range exercises that do not spike your heart rate. Read more about why Pilates is so good for rehabilitation here.
So while the clinical implications of Long Covid are still being borne out, you can trust us at One Grove to provide you with a safe way to improve your fitness and quality of life.
An introductory session on the Equipment at One Grove with one of our expert instructors is £40 for 45minutes. Please do get in touch to set you on your road to recovery.