Long Covid can occur as a result of SARS-CoV-2 infection and cause symptoms that can affect a variety of organs and systems, including the cardiovascular system, the nervous system or the lungs.
The treatment of Long Covid can be complex and often requires a multidisciplinary approach. There are various therapeutic approaches that can help, depending on the existing symptoms. Physiotherapy exercises, such as sympathetic nerve therapy, have proven to be helpful, as they use manual methods as well as breathing exercises and relaxation techniques to support the nervous system.
What is the sympathetic nervous system?
The sympathetic nervous system is part of the vegetative (autonomic) nervous system and has the task of activating the body’s willingness to perform. It plays a crucial role in the regulation of heart rate, blood pressure and other vital functions.
The nerve cells of the sympathetic nervous system are located in the spinal cord. The nerve fibers emerging from there form nerve nodes, so-called ganglia. Together, these ganglia form a chain of nerve nodes that runs from the base of the skull to the coccyx on the left and right of the spine: the sympathetic truncus.
A permanently irritated border cord can cause various disorders and complaints, which are usually localized and can worsen at rest. If chronic illnesses and complaints occur as a result of Long Covid, the cause could be an irritated sympathetic nerve. As part of sympathetic nervous system therapy, a new treatment concept, pain and disorders can be treated by stimulating reflex points.
How does sympathetic nerve therapy work?
Sympathetic nerve therapy is based on micropressure, which acts like a gentle massage. This is carried out with the hands, a search pen and a ball patch. The aim is to soften the muscle and connective tissue. The aim of manual therapy is to release blockages in the joint. The aim of a ball plaster is to permanently relax the muscles. Breathing exercises and relaxation techniques can be used to counteract the symptoms of Long Covid.
For which long COVID symptoms is sympathetic nervous system therapy particularly suitable?
The symptoms of Long Covid can vary greatly and different treatments may be suitable depending on the individual condition. Many patients suffer from symptoms such as tiredness, headaches, attention deficit disorder or shortness of breath. Some sufferers also report dizziness and balance problems, as well as irritable cough, irritable bowel syndrome or pain that can affect the back, shoulders and neck. The list of reported symptoms is long, but there are just as many treatment options that can prove helpful.
Sympathetic nerve therapy has a high success rate in eliminating chronic pain, such as headaches. If an irritated sympathetic nervous system also increases cardiac output and blood pressure, sympathetic nervous system therapy aims to resolve the irritation in order to regulate blood pressure again.
If internal organs are restricted in their function, for example due to a blockage of sections of the thoracic spine and dysfunctions in the nervous system, this promotes the release of stomach acid and inflammation. Irritable bowel syndrome or gastritis can be treated as part of sympathetic therapy.
The release of a sympathetic nerve irritated by a vertebral blockage can also mean the healing of irritable coughs or pain affecting the back, shoulders and neck.
Overall, sympathetic nerve therapy aims to relieve inflammation, pain and tension in the affected areas in order to reduce the symptoms. Thanks to manual techniques, the body can be brought into balance and blockages can be effectively released.