What is post-Covid syndrome? How can breathing exercises help alleviate post-Covid symptoms?

Some Covid-19 patients continue experiencing severe symptoms even months after the infection. This wide variety of symptoms referred to as post-Covid syndrome include shortness of breath, dizziness, headache, difficulty swallowing, fatigue, brain fog, chest tightness, tachycardia, muscle and joint pain, focus and sleep problems, anxiety and depression. Breathing exercises and physiotherapy play an important role in the recovery of these symptoms.

Regular breathing exercises help restore the natural breathing pattern, improve the breathing capacity, strengthen the respiratory muscles, improve the function of the diaphragm, and increase oxygen absorption in all our cells.

Breathing exercises also help to relieve inflammation in the body while regulating the acute stress response of the nervous system. With breathwork, it’s possible to reduce inflammation not only in the airways and lungs, but in all organs.

Patients who regularly practice breathing exercises begin to see improvement in their symptoms such as shortness of breath and dizziness. However, there is a very important point to be considered in the treatment and rehabilitation process: Taking things slow.
 
Recovering from the long-term effects of Covid-19 is an extremely slow process. Commitment to a gradual rehabilitation program, including breathing exercises, helps with physical and mental recovery. It is imperative to proceed slowly both in physical and breathing exercises. The exercises must be stopped well before the need to stop arises. Doctors caution against the risk of overexertion and stress that physical exertion may result in returning to the starting point in some patients.

You can find more on breathing exercises that can help during and post Covid here.