Long Hauler’s Syndrome (Long COVID)
- Shortness of Breath •
- Fatigue •
- Brain Fog •
- Rapid Heart Rate
- Cough •
- Loss of Smell or Taste
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- Pulmonary Rehab Program
- CENTER FOR ASTHMA, ALLERGY &
- RESPIRATORY DISEASE
- 65 Lafayette Road, North Hampton, NH 03862
The Goals of Post COVID Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Our Nationally Recognized Clinical Post COVID Rehabilitation Program has shown reversals in many “Long Haul” symptoms. The goals of our program are to enable people who have recovered from COVID, but are still experiencing breathing issues, fatigue, headaches, brain fog and general low energy levels, to achieve their maximum level of Pre-COVID health and start enjoying their life again.
These goals are accomplished by:
- Eradicating shortness of breath
- Decreasing fatigue
- Decreasing headaches
- Decreasing brain fog
- Increasing overall energy and quality of life
“Long Haul” Patients
Patients with COVID “Long Haul Syndrome”, now called “Long COVID”, are able to improve their level of breathing, activity level and Pre-COVID quality of life. Our post-COVID Pulmonary Rehabilitation program implements exercises and specialized training, which strengthens the heart as well as the muscles used for breathing, which can help alleviate shortness of breath, fatigue, headaches, brain fog and other post-COVID symptoms. People with Long COVID tend to limit physical activity because they are fearful of becoming short of breath, but inactivity causes muscle strength and heart health to decline. Post COVID rehab helps patients maintain physical fitness and regain control of their breathing. They can then pursue activities to the full extent of their abilities prior to having COVID
All participants undergo:
- A comprehensive medical history evaluation
- Comprehensive pre and post training respiratory testing
- Complete life-style and fitness questionnaires
- Cognative Assessment Testing
- Cardiovascular fitness assessment
- Cholesterol evaluation
- Body composition measurement
- Testing of their strength and balance
These individualized programs, designed by a Pulmonologist and Exercise Physiologist, and held in a controlled setting, help patients safely regain and improve their respiratory health.
What the Program Involves
The Post Covid Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program runs for 90 minutes once per week for eight consecutive weeks.
Each session focuses on a different topic, such as:
- balance and mobility
- fitness and strength
- controlled breathing techniques
- and stress management tools
Post COVID Pulmonary Rehab Program Timeline
- Week One: Fitness evaluation, introduction to cardio machines, learn controlled breathing.
- Week Two: Light strength training and learn about inspiratory muscle trainer.
- Week Three: Learn about balance and at-home exercises.
- Week Four: Learn about nutritional information.
- Week Five: Learn about depression and COPD, asthma, sleep apnea and resource organizations.
- Week Six: Learn about ways to conserve energy.
- Week Seven: Nutritional review.
- Week Eight: Re-evaluation of fitness, home exercise prescription.
Each Session is Supervised by Our Expert Clinicians
All exercise therapy is overseen by a Master’s degree exercise physiologist who monitors each patient’s oxygen level, heart rate and blood pressure.
Each week the educational component includes a cardiovascular session with activities such as walking on a treadmill or riding an upright bike.
Strength training may include working with lightweight dumbbells or resistance bands.