Reflexology for Covid recovery
Much is still not known about the long term impacts of Covid-19. Long Covid – where symptoms of the virus last longer than the official two week period – can present with a number of symptoms that reflexology may be able to help with.
According to the BMJ, Long Covid sufferers report a spectrum of problems beyond the NHS-approved symptoms of a persistent cough, fever and loss of taste or smell. These symptoms can include profound fatigue, muscle aches, joint pain, chest heaviness/pressure, breathlessness, brain fog, memory loss, lack of concentration, and depression. Skin rashes, palpitations, headaches, diarrhoea, and pins and needles are also reported.
A common feature of Long Covid is the relapsing nature of the illness, with sufferers having good days and bad days. Because of the ongoing issues experienced, it can take time for those affected to get back to their former fitness, sometimes with slow, backwards and forwards progress.
If you're recovering from Covid-19, reflexology may help you by bringing your body back in to balance, by providing deep rest, and by calming down your body's stress response. Reflexology boosts the circulation in the feet and body, which in turn promotes lymphatic flow to support your immune system. It can also help as a gentle treatment to manage pain. Reflexology is proven to aid sleep which is so important in healing the body when recovering from any illness. A treatment is also really soothing, and can alleviate any anxiety you may be feeling about your Coronavirus experience.
I often treat people recovering from an illness or surgery, and those with long term health conditions. I truly believe that reflexology can play an important, positive part in your Covid recovery journey.
Additional NHS information and support on Covid recovery can be found here.