Physiotherapy management for post-COVID patients

December 2nd, 2020



Patients who have suffered from COVID-19 and completed clinical treatment may be involved in respiratory physiotherapy. Why? There are a number of people who have contracted COVID-19 and have completed clinical treatment but not all of them regained health. Some of these persons can, through the course of the treatment, affect the performance of the body, like respiration. Approximately 10-15% of cases progress to severe disease, and about 5% become critically ill.

Physiotherapy may be beneficial in the respiratory treatment and physical rehabilitation of these patients not yet fully recovered from COVID-19. Pulmonary rehabilitation focuses on the management of acute and chronic respiratory conditions and aims to improve physical recovery following an acute illness.

Super Inductive System, a cutting-edge technology based on a high-intensity electromagnetic field, induces intense, yet gentle contractions of the respiratory muscles. The goal of pulmonary rehabilitation with the Super Inductive System is to strengthen the diaphragm, intercostal muscles and enhance blood circulation in the thoracic area.

A series of case studies were conducted on post-covid patients, to evaluate the efficacy of the rPIS in a 4-week protocol of comprehensive rehabilitation, which consisted in strengthening breathing muscles and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders in central motor impairment. After the 4-week intensive rehabilitation protocol, significant improvement of spirometric parameters, as well as amelioration of patient´s musculoskeletal system were observed. The conclusion is that rPIS can be effectively integrated in comprehensive physiotherapy treatment and cover various therapeutic effects.