Some people who suffer from the COVID-19 virus continue to experience symptoms long after the infection, from weeks to months and sometimes even years. While this typically happens in those who were severely ill or hospitalized, anyone who was infected can experience symptoms of long-COVID. Long-COVID affects about 2.5% of COVID patients.
Long-COVID has many names, including Post-COVID Conditions, long-haul COVID, post-acute COVID-19, long-term effects of COVID, and chronic COVID.
The Brain & COVID-19
Currently, the research shows evidence that antibodies—proteins produced by the immune system in response to viruses and other invaders—are involved in an attack on the cells which line the brain’s blood vessels, leading to inflammation and damage.
In addition to the direct effects on the brain, the infection can attack our body’s organs such as the lungs, heart and kidneys. Damage to these organs can negatively impact our bodies ability to function.
What are the most common symptoms of long-COVID?
- Brain fog
- Joint or muscle pain
- Loss of smell or taste
- Sleep problems
How can Neurotherapy help?
- Neurotherapy, much like other therapeutics, is focused on achieving an optimized state of function. While psychotherapy optimizes the cognitive processes and physical therapy optimizes muscle mass and flexibility, Neurotherapy optimizes the communication between brain cells (neurons) which can be utilized for much more than mood disorders. It is used for age-related dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease, stroke recovery, cognitive loss due to prolonged inflammation like we see with Post-Acute Coronavirus Syndrome and post-sepsis.
- Neurotherapy treatments such as Ketamine Infusion Therapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation cause your brain to undergo an optimization process which enhances cognition, improves emotional and physical reactivity, and enhances emotional regulation, meaning restoration of the conscious, logical areas of the brain’s control like what you feel and how much you feel. It is a purely physiological change which allows the patient to optimize their physical and mental health.