Massage Therapy Treatment For Post-COVID-19 Side Effects
COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2. The virus first appeared in late 2019 and quickly spread around the world. People with COVID-19 had a fever, cough, trouble breathing (when the virus infects the lungs), and other symptoms. Most people who got COVID-19 symptoms recovered quickly within a few weeks. But for, some who had to immediately be admitted to the hospital because of serious respiratory symptoms continued to have side effects for longer, even after recovery.
The benefits of massage on the human body are countless and include increased immune function, pain management, a boost in mental health and wellness, stress relief, and more. As experts in the field, we at MyoCare Registered Massage Therapy want to inform you about our massage therapy treatment for post-COVID-19 side effects.
Before considering receiving a massage therapy treatment, it is vital that you wait until you no longer have COVID-19. Once you are no longer contagious, you can simply book a massage therapy treatment with one of our amazing RMTs. It is very important that you explain to the RMT exactly what you are feeling and if you feel like your breathing is restricted or laboured. This massage therapy treatment helps alleviate the muscle restrictions and fascial tensions that are caused by the laboured breathing and coughing associated with COVID-19. This, in turn, will help you breathe easier, increase your ability to inhale and exhale, as well as decrease the discomfort and muscle pain you may feel.
The therapist will design a treatment plan to specifically address the muscles that help you breathe (Muscles of respiration). These include the diaphragm, the muscles around the rib cage, the neck muscles, and some of the pectoral muscles (pectoralis minor and major). All these muscles help open and close the rib cage, allowing oxygen to flow into your lungs. These muscles will get overworked if you are coughing a lot or feel like you have to force yourself to breathe (common symptoms during COVID-19). Like all muscles, if they get really tight, they may not release on their own, and you may feel like you can’t take a deep breath, breathing is painful, or you have to force to exhale, even after you no longer have COVID-19. The massage therapy treatment will help loosen all the muscles of respiration so they can function properly, and your difficulty in breathing should improve very quickly.
Most of our clients feel better after just one treatment. However, every client is different, and in some cases, it may take several treatments to release all the muscles of respiration completely. It depends on how tight and overactive they have become. But again, most clients feel at least some relief after just one treatment. It is important to note that COVID-19 can also cause scarring in the lungs, which can cause difficulty in breathing. This cannot be treated by massage therapy. We can only address symptoms that are caused by muscle restrictions and fascial tension.
The best way to ensure your massage therapy treatments for post-COVID-19 breathing difficulties are effective is to follow your RMT’s recommended treatment plan, which will include how often and how many treatments you may need, as well as all the home exercises they will give you. Treatments will usually be once a week until symptoms are gone, and exercises will focus on re-educating proper breathing patterns, such as diaphragmatic breathing. By following your RMT’s expert advice and doing your homework, you should feel a decrease in symptoms quickly.
At MyoCare Registered Massage Therapy, all our treatments are client-focused, and our fees do not vary depending on the type of treatment we provide. Please head to our website for services, rates, and fees, or get in touch with us by clicking here.
We give our 100% to provide you with all the best an RMT clinic can offer you. We understand that your time and money are too precious to waste on generic, non-specific methods of treatment. This is why we take the time to listen to you, your health concerns, and what you want to achieve from your Massage Therapy Treatments. With this information, we develop and perform a treatment designed specifically for you. Our RMTs will give you exercises to perform at home to help maintain and increase your gains between treatments. This will help ensure that you achieve your goals as quickly as possible.