Chiropractic care is a form of complementary and alternative medicine that focuses on the musculoskeletal system, particularly the spine. While there is limited scientific research specifically addressing the effects of chiropractic care on Long COVID, chiropractic treatments may potentially offer some benefits for certain symptoms associated with the condition. However, it is important to note that the effectiveness of chiropractic care for Long COVID has not been widely studied or proven.
Long COVID refers to a condition in which individuals experience persistent symptoms for weeks or months after the acute phase of a COVID-19 infection. The symptoms can vary widely and may include fatigue, muscle and joint pain, brain fog, headaches, sleep disturbances, and general weakness.
Chiropractors primarily use manual adjustments or manipulations to address musculoskeletal issues, particularly in the spine. These adjustments aim to improve joint mobility, reduce pain, and enhance overall function. Although chiropractic care is not a treatment for viral infections or their direct consequences, some individuals with Long COVID might benefit from chiropractic care in the following ways:
Pain management: Chiropractic adjustments may help alleviate musculoskeletal pain, such as neck pain, back pain, or joint pain, which can be experienced as part of Long COVID symptoms.
Postural correction: Prolonged illness or weakness may lead to postural imbalances and discomfort. Chiropractic care can address postural issues through adjustments and rehabilitative exercises.
Mobility and flexibility improvement: Some individuals with Long COVID may experience decreased joint mobility and muscle stiffness. Chiropractic adjustments, along with exercises and stretches, may help improve mobility and flexibility.
Stress reduction: Long COVID can have physical and emotional impacts, leading to increased stress levels. Chiropractic care, including spinal adjustments, may help reduce stress and promote relaxation.
It is crucial to note that chiropractic care should always be pursued as part of a multidisciplinary approach to Long COVID management. It is important to consult with your primary healthcare provider or a specialist familiar with Long COVID before seeking chiropractic care or any other treatment modality. They can provide guidance based on your specific symptoms, medical history, and overall condition. ( as taken from AI)
While the World Chiropractic Association has refuted many of the claims that chiropractic care can help with boosting the immune system, there has yet to surface case studies and the like showing improvement with health and immunity boost with chiropractic. Here is where a chiropractic internist comes in as they study and measure on a micro scale with lab analysis.
From a personal standpoint, I have seen a reduction of long COVID symptoms such as dyspnea (difficulty breathing) and coughing. There currently is no case studies or large studies that have proven this but from a health care practitioner stand point, I have seen results with patients. Come in for an exam and be adjusted.
How I have help with COVID symptoms:
Work on the gut!: Probiotics, prebiotics and other tools to protect the gut and build the lining that can be destroyed by outside elements such as the environment, a diet loaded in process foods ( white bread, white sugar, junk food such as potato chips and french fries) can break down the links in between the cells in the stomach and intestinal lining.
Build up the immune system: A supplement of neurotransmitters, antioxidants, and herbals such as adaptogens can help with development of white blood cells which are major factors for immunity, and development of that thing we have been hearing about- interleukins!
Increase hydration: I don't have to go into too much detail but we all know that water is a survival need. Our bodies are around 70% water.
Get moving!: Everything in the body moves if you move. Walk, dance, run, swim, go up stairs, grab some gloves and "spar" safely. More movement, more blood movement and white blood cells move through your body.
This is where you would seek a healthcare provider. We are available two to three times a week. Contact us for specifics on care for pain, long COVID symptoms, along with anything else. Stay hydrated, protected from heat and air pollution and enjoy the weekend!