ReCOVery: The COVID-19 Rehab Program
Have you or someone you know experienced COVID-19? Even after recovering from the illness itself, this medical ordeal has many effects on the body, from shortness of breath, to weakness, to difficulty with day-to-day activities and more. Many people who have had COVID-19 report that they feel fatigue and other effects of COVID-19 months later. If after having COVID-19 you are having difficulty doing the things that are important to you, such as going for walks, cooking or going to the grocery store, we would love to help you through our ReCOVery program.
What is ReCOVery?
ReCOVery is an evidence-based eight week rehabilitation program developed at Pro Motion Physiotherapy for individuals who have suffered from COVID-19. The program was developed and is provided by physiotherapists based on best-practice recommendations of the World Health Organization, American Thoracic Society, Ontario Physiotherapy Association, American Physical Therapy Association and others, for rehabilitation after COVID-19. The program includes a thorough assessment of multiple body systems, followed by a tailored treatment program in four phases, based on your unique needs, in order to help you achieve optimal recovery.
Your first session of the ReCOVery program will be an hour long thorough assessment of multiple body systems to determine what physical challenges you are currently experiencing and based on that information, how we can best help your recovery. The assessment will begin with a discussion of your medical history and experience of COVID-19, what difficulties you continue to experience and will then be followed by a detailed review of your vitals, breathing, mobility, strength, balance and endurance. During the assessment it is of utmost importance to us to identify what your goals are and how we can help you achieve them.
As health care professionals, we want you to feel medically safe to exercise and participate in the ReCOVery program. Therefore, prior to beginning the program, we will need to know that your physician has medically cleared you for return to physical activity, and we will monitor your vitals throughout the program.
Based on the information collected during the assessment, your physiotherapist will discuss with you how the ReCOVery program will be structured to help you achieve your goals.
The treatment component of the ReCOVery program will consist of an eight week rehabilitation program in four phases. Each individual will progress through the phases at a different rate depending on their initial abilities, overall health and various other factors. The first phase consists of light activity and exercises to begin improving your breathing, mobility and strength. The second phase will build on the previous phase by gently increasing the intensity of activities, as well as adding some endurance and balance exercises, as appropriate. The third phase will continue to progress your exercises, and shift towards more intense and challenging bouts of activity. The fourth and final phase, will add activities that incorporate complex movements that require good balance, coordination and strength. Throughout the program, we will ensure that these exercises are translating into improved function and ability during your day-to-day activities. In addition to the physical benefits of exercise, you will likely experience that exercise can also improve emotional wellbeing.
In addition to the exercise component of the program, we will also provide you with educational information on various relevant topics such as the long lasting effects of COVID-19, healthy lifestyle for your recovery, how to conserve your energy, how to progressively increase your activities and others.
Achieving Your Goals
At the end of the eight week program, we will conduct a reassessment to highlight, in concrete numbers, how much progress you have made. We will discuss with you how far you have come and how you have achieved your goals, be it to be able to walk for half an hour without a break, play with your grandkids, or take care of the cooking and cleaning at home. We are sure you will be impressed with your progress!
We cannot wait to help you get back to doing the things that are important to you. If you are interested in the ReCOVery program or would like to discuss anything further, please reach out to Bella or Bonny at Pro Motion Physiotherapy.
We look forward to helping you in your recovery!
Written by Bella Levi Physiotherapy Resident
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