What is The Covid Long Haulers Rehabilitation and Recovery Program?

COVID-19 is unlike any other illness we've experienced, it has impacted our nation in ways we could have never imagined and has had widespread effects on people emotionally, physically and cognitively. The term “COVID long haulers” or those suffering from “long-COVID” has not yet been officially defined, but published studies indicate that someone may be classified as a COVID long hauler if they are experiencing lingering symptoms, 3 to 6+ months after having COVID-19 symptoms.

Some literature states that COVID long haulers include two groups of people: those who experience permanent damage to their lungs, heart, kidneys, and/or brain, or those who experience symptoms despite no proven damage to these organs.

Given the emerging needs of Canadians, Pillars of Wellness has developed a COVID Long Hauler Treatment Program which is comprehensive in nature and based on current available research. This program is designed for individuals that have had a diagnosis or symptoms of COVID-19 and are experiencing ongoing issues that limit their ability to return to their usual daily activities. This program is not for individual’s who currently have an active case of COVID-19.

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Covid-19 Symptoms

This program is designed to treat a wide variety of physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms related to COVID-19, including but not limited to:

  • Fatigue
  • Body aches, joint pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • “Brain fog” or confusion
  • Inability to exercise
  • Headache
  • Sleep disruptions
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Memory issues
  • Mood changes; feeling anxious or depressed
  • Feeling ‘disorganized’ or can feel easily overwhelmed

Rehabilitation Services

All of our rehabilitation services are being offered in-clinic &/or virtually to best service you during these challenging times.

Pillars of Wellness is an integrated care clinic, which means we utilize a combination of teamwork, best practices and joint assessments to make your care as efficient and effective as possible.

The services included in our COVID Long Hauler Treatment Program include:

Covid-19 Rehabilitation And Recovery Program

Recovery Program

A description of how each of these services can assist COVID long haulers in their recovery and rehabilitation is provided below.

Physiotherapy

  • Vestibular rehabilitation / Balance retraining
  • Cardiovascular Rehab – autonomic dysfunction and heart rate regulation, cardiovascular conditioning
  • Soft tissue release and stretching techniques- intercostals, diaphragm, upper traps
  • Deep breathing and lateral costal breathing exercises – strengthening the upper traps

Chiropractic Care

  • Decrease restrictions in thoracic spine to help promote better breathing.
  • Cervical mobilization which helps free up the segments that the phrenic nerve stem from therefore diaphragm can function properly.
  • Help with headaches, decrease musculoskeletal pain and improve proper joint function.

Naturopathy

  • Reduce inflammation and stress
  • Focus on sleep regulation and energy enhancement
  • Integrate digestion and nervous system support through nutrition, supplements, vitamins /minerals
  • Vit B12 injections

Acupuncture

  • Focus on chronic inflammation and immune system
  • Ghee and bone broth soup and cumin
  • Help to calm the nervous system
  • Focus on sleep enhancement and stress management

Occupational Therapy

  • Focus on visual system and VOR related to ambient vision and processing
  • Support a gradual resumption of daily activities and a return to work if appropriate
  • Occupational Therapy can help with adverse side effects/perpetuating symptoms such as cognitive changes with memory, attention or executive skills, fatigue management as well as changes with sleep patterns. Occupational Therapy can help identify areas of deficit in daily living that negatively affect overall functioning and provide strategies of how to improve or remediate these changes to improve overall performance.

Social Work

  • Provide mental health counselling to manage anxiety related to excessive worry and uncertainty regarding COVID-related fears (e.g. stress reduction strategies, relaxation training, and cognitive restructuring regarding worries around re-contracting COVID or passing the virus to loved ones).

Speech Language Pathology

  • Focus on cognitive communication, word finding and fluency of speech and address functional cognition impacting on day to day life.
  • Examine breath support in speech as well as swallowing issues in received intubation during COVID.
Cognitive testing

How Does the Program Work?

Pillars of Wellness has designed a 3-month treatment protocol that encompasses a multitude of services to optimize your recovery. The program can be customized to your individual needs, but for best results it is recommended to follow our program which includes:

  • VoxNeuro Cognitive Health Assessment
  • 3 Month Treatment Protocol including the below services:
  • - Physiotherapy or Chiropractor, 12 sessions
  • - Occupational Therapy or Speech Therapy, 10 sessions
  • - Acupuncture, 12 sessions
  • - Counselling, 6 sessions
  • - Naturopathy, 3 sessions
  • - Re-Assessment after 12 weeks with:
  • - Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
  • - Home Activity Program to be prescribed
  • - 6 Month Follow Up including:
  • - VoxNeuro Cognitive Health Assessment

Cost and coverage

Whether you are receiving physiotherapy, occupational therapy , counselling support, naturopathy or other types of rehabilitation services, most health insurance providers reimburse all or a portion of the fees.

We can help confirm if your health insurance has the coverage. Your treatment may be partially or fully covered if you have extended health benefits, a worker’s compensation claim, or were injured in a motor vehicle accident.

Please note that for payment, all major credit cards, debit, cash and personal cheques are accepted. In addition, you can also get financial aid from IFinance Medicard.

Questions? Need More Information?

Contact us today! We would be happy to schedule a complimentary consultation to help understand your needs, and to provide you with more information on our programs and services. We can be reached at: 905 637 4000, or info@pillarsofwellness.ca