Exercise with Oxygen Therapy (EWOT) for Long COVID
Why Exercise with Oxygen Therapy (EWOT) for Long COVID?
Learn how EWOT can help people struggling with long COVID by boosting oxygen levels in the body and reducing inflammation, leading to a reduction in symptoms and an improvement in overall health.
According to the World Health Organization(WHO) (as of 3 May 2023), the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is more than 765 million, and the number of COVID-associated deaths is more than 6.9 million. The majority of people who contract COVID-19 typically recover within a few weeks.
Although the world is striving to move past the acute phase, there are still approximately 65 million individuals estimated to be grappling with long COVID, a debilitating multisystem condition that occurs following an infection.
According to the current data, 10-20 percent of people of all ages continue to suffer from a range of prolonged symptoms after their primary infection has subsided. These effects are collectively known as Post-COVID Conditions or Long COVID.
What is Post-COVID Condition / Long COVID?
Here is the clinical-case definition of Post COVID Condition formulated by WHO:
Post COVID-19 condition occurs in individuals with a history of probable or confirmed SARS CoV-2 infection, usually 3 months from the onset of COVID-19 with symptoms and that last for at least 2 months and cannot be explained by an alternative diagnosis.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) defines this condition in simple terms:
“Long COVID is broadly defined as signs, symptoms, and conditions that continue or develop after the initial COVID-19 infection.”
Symptoms of Long COVID
Long COVID can result in a broad range of symptoms that may persist for weeks, months, or even years after the initial infection. In some cases, symptoms may resolve temporarily before relapsing.
The impact of Long COVID may vary from person to person. Individuals with Long COVID may experience different combinations of symptoms that occur over different periods of time.
Studies have shown that COVID-19 symptoms can persist, with over half of infected individuals experiencing symptoms 90 days after initial onset. A US study showed 37% experienced symptoms three to six months after diagnosis and almost half of hospitalized COVID patients experienced symptoms beyond 7 months.
According to the British Heart Foundation, 35% of people with Long COVID experience symptoms lasting more than a year.
After the sixth month, the most commonly reported symptoms include fatigue (78%), post-exertional malaise (feeling terrible after physical exertion) (72%), and cognitive dysfunction (55%), with over 85% experiencing relapses. In addition, 45% report reduced work schedules, and 22% report being unable to work due to their health.
The following table shows the most common symptoms reported by those with Long COVID.
|General Symptoms||Fatigue that disrupts daily activities, Post-exertional malaise (worsening of symptoms after minor physical/mental effort), Fever|
|Respiratory and Cardiac Symptoms||Shortness of Breath, Cough, Chest Pain, Heart Palpitations (pounding heart)|
|Neurological Symptoms||Brain fog, Headache, Sleep-related issues, Lightheadedness, Depression or anxiety, Changes in smell or taste, Pins and needles sensation – prickling or tingling sensation on the skin|
|Digestive Symptoms||Diarrhea, Stomach ache|
|Other Symptoms||Pain in muscles or joints, Rashes, Menstrual changes|
What You Need to Know About Long COVID
Long COVID encompasses a broad spectrum of persistent health issues, which can extend from several weeks to even years.
Long COVID is a condition that can affect anyone who has contracted the virus that causes COVID-19, although it is more prevalent in people who have had severe COVID-19 illness.
People who have not received the COVID-19 vaccination and contract the virus may face a higher probability of developing Long COVID compared to those who have been vaccinated.
People may experience multiple SARS-CoV-2 infections or reinfections, with each infection carrying a potential risk of developing Long COVID.
While most individuals with Long COVID have evidence of COVID-19 infection, it is possible for some people to be afflicted with the condition without having tested positive for the virus or knowing they were infected.
Can EWOT be an Effective Coping Strategy for Long COVID?
Exercise with Oxygen Therapy (EWOT) can be an effective tool for helping individuals suffering from Long COVID manage their symptoms and improve their overall well-being.
Exercise with Oxygen Therapy is the act of inhaling higher concentrations of oxygen while exercising. This practice enables oxygen to penetrate deeper into your tissues and supersaturates blood, creating profound anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects.
Given that fatigue and post-exertional malaise are the most persistent symptoms in people with long COVID and that a significant number of recovered COVID patients experience oxygen desaturation and shortness of breath[, EWOT could potentially help improve these symptoms and enhance the quality of life.
The synergistic combination of oxygen and exercise is potent compared to the standalone treatments. During exercise, the heart rate and breathing rate increase, which enhances blood circulation throughout the body.
The exercise also relaxes blood vessels, facilitating increased blood and oxygen flow, ultimately resulting in improved energy production for the cells.
Additionally, the high concentration of oxygen in EWOT super-saturates the blood and improves exercise tolerance, enabling individuals to extract more benefits from their exercise routine without experiencing the post-exercise malaise that is prevalent in those suffering from long COVID.
This is because exercising with oxygen saturates not only red blood cells but also plasma, allowing oxygen to reach oxygen-starved areas caused by COVID and aging. It can re-oxygenate the oxygen-deprived tissues, enhance mitochondria function, and restore immune function, reducing chronic fatigue symptoms.
Additionally, this process has a potent anti-inflammatory effect that opens up blood vessels and continues to oxygenate tissues long after EWOT sessions while also reducing overactive cytokines that cause muscle and joint pain, brain fog, and headaches.
How Can the Turbo Oxygen System Help Manage Long COVID Symptoms?
Turbo Oxygen System, the revolutionary EWOT system, helps you synergistically integrate oxygen and exercise to super-oxygenate your body. Here are some ways Turbo Oxygen System can help persons with Long COVID:
Improve Exercise Tolerance: One of the hallmark symptoms of Long COVID is exercise intolerance, or the inability to perform physical activities without experiencing post-exertional malaise (feeling weary after physical exertion). Turbo Oxygen can help you exercise more comfortably by offering higher concentrations of oxygen.
Enhance Oxygenation: Long COVID is associated with respiratory issues, including shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Inhaling pure oxygen while you exercise can help improve oxygenation and alleviate these respiratory problems, allowing you to exercise more comfortably.
Reduce Inflammation: Systemic inflammation can be a part of Long COVID, leading to joint and muscle pain, fatigue, and brain fog. Turbo Oxygen System offers anti-inflammatory effects and can help reduce the overproduction of cytokines responsible for inflammation, helping to alleviate these symptoms.
Improves Cognitive Performance: Long COVID can affect your cognitive function and ability to focus and concentrate. As you may already know, exercise is known to improve cognitive performance, and the Exercise-O2 combo can further enhance mental clarity and cognitive performance.
Accelerate Recovery: If you have Long COVID, you may experience frequent relapses, and you might find it difficult to recover from the symptoms. Turbo Oxygen System can help accelerate your recovery process by improving physical fitness and oxygenation, reducing inflammation, and enhancing overall health and well-being.
We recommend that you start your EWOT sessions gradually and build up your endurance over time if you are recovering from long COVID.
It's important to listen to your body and allow time for initial acute infection symptoms to subside before starting the recovery process. It's also advisable to consult with your healthcare practitioner before incorporating oxygen into your workout regimen.
By starting slowly and increasing intensity gradually, you can help prevent post-exercise malaise and reduce the risk of injury or setbacks in your recovery journey.
Begin your path to wellness with the Exercise-Oxygen duo today!
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