HOW MIGHT YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE EXPERIENCING LONG COVID?
- Are you continuing to experience the long haul of Covid?
- Are you unable to exercise?
- Pre-Covid were you fit and healthy but now experience breathlessness during daily activity?
- Are you finding it hard to focus on tasks that were once easy to complete?
- Do you just want to feel like you again?
- Maybe you’ve been to your GP, had numerous tests, are still waiting for a referral to the Long Covid clinic.
- Have you suffered enough and just want to feel better?
What is Long Covid?
Long Covid is an umbrella term used for the wide range of symptoms affecting hospitalised individuals and those who self-managed at home.
Clinical guidelines for Long Covid describe an illness that refuses to adhere to a limited set of symptoms, with those experiencing Long Covid reporting symptoms ranging from breathlessness and muscle pain to skin rashes, nausea and fatigue.
“The signs and symptoms that develop during or following an infection consistent with Covid-19 which continue for 12 weeks or more and are not explained by an alternative diagnosis.”
Royal College of General Practitioners.
What are the signs and symptoms of Long Covid?
- Persistent fatigue
- Anxiety and depression
- Shortness of breath
- Brain fog and concentration difficulties
- Chest pains
- Muscle and joint aches and pains
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Neurological symptoms
- Heart palpitations
WORKING TOGETHER TO MANAGE LONG COVID SYMPTOMS:
Recovery from Covid-19 and the multiple related long-term symptoms can be complex and differs from person to person. The varying symptoms often have something in common with other autonomic conditions, and accordingly there are some well researched evidence-based practices that calm the body, soothe the brain and bring balance to the nervous system.
Therapy is a collaborative process of assessing individual needs and carefully tailoring a programme that addresses your symptoms in a way that is effective for you. I work from a client centred approach, using a combination of techniques from Yoga Therapy, functional breathing practices, psychotherapy and neuroscience.
The tools and techniques you learn will go on to form a foundation of practices you can use to establish a daily practice to measurably affect your health and wellbeing.
IMPROVING YOUR HEALTH AND WELLBEING BY:
- Simple effective practices that change the way we breathe to improve breathlessness, address oxygen deficit and impact nitric oxide levels
- Improve interception and balance using gentle mindful movement
- Change the way we relate to thoughts and worries
- Down regulate the inflammatory response through simple physiological changes
- Change the way we approach ‘exercise’ using visualisation and safe movement to bring joy and ease to a body in recovery
- Improve fatigue levels via the breath and the body-budgeting system
Please note: I am not a medical professional. I do not diagnose nor give medical advice. I work alongside GPs, Physiotherapists, Psychotherapists and other health professionals to ensure your health and wellbeing are managed in a safe and effective way. Please consult your GP with Long Covid health concerns.
Appointments are available online, or in person at Origin Physiotherapy, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK.
In October 2020, during my final exams and clinical assessments I tested positive for Covid-19. I felt incredibly unwell with intense fatigue, body aches and pains, loss of smell and for the first time in my life, breathlessness.
Like many people I assumed once the acute symptoms had subsided, I’d be back to my normal self, but it wasn’t the case and the fatigue lingered on. Each morning I woke up feeling like I’d been drugged with intense headaches and brain fog, not able to do the things I normally did. Even walking and talking were a challenge.
As a normally fit and healthy person I hadn’t considered I would continue to be unwell for so long. I looked for things to help me recover but realised that the things I’d thought would help me were not working.
Finding an effective breathing practice was life-changing and helped me to manage my symptoms and regain a sense of trust in my body. I began to feel better. For me the breath was the key to my recovery.
As a Founding Member of The Breathing Institute at The Shala London, going on to assist in the development of breathing practices for Long Covid has inspired my work and research.
“I love how skilfully Nadyne pairs breathing techniques with visual imagery and gentle movement to create the ideal scenario to be fully in control of the mind and body. These are techniques that I will use for the rest of my life. I also very much appreciate Nadyne’s approach to working with her clients. She is totally engaged, is a fabulous listener, and offers encouragement and scientific data and evidence to support the recovery process. I cherish every minute of my time working with Nadyne!”
“I love the idea of the imagination being one of the tools we can use for healing, for promoting wellbeing, and for restoring or receiving energy. I am also very aware of the key role of the breath – not only in improving breathing and overall physical health, but also as a means of channelling the flow of energy.”
“I have found every session with Nadyne to be so helpful. She layers and builds on various techniques from session to session which has given me a robust set of tools that I can use on my own. I have particularly found the use of visual imagery so helpful in overcoming some physical barriers I have been facing during my Covid recovery. I am so grateful to be feeling mentally and physically stronger. Thank you Nadyne for the important work you are doing.”
“It’s been really interesting to see how powerful the breathing practices are and the difference they can make to your physical health. As an asthmatic my breathing is now the best it has been in years; a lot slower and calmer. One of the things I’m most surprised about is my IBS has improved after 8 years and I’m able to manage my every levels more effectively. The visualisation techniques Nadyne uses have been really powerful and I’ve noticed a positive change in my creativity as an artist too.”