Not just the lungs…
It’s widely known that COVID-19 attacks patients’ lungs, but clinicians and researchers around the world are reporting that the virus is damaging other organs as well—a discovery that could have implications for the way the medical community treat COVID-19, and for how patients recover.
Damage to the kidneys, brain, heart, nervous system and vascular tissues are common.
- Cardiac injuries reported in almost half COVID-19 patients including:
- Myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, as well as irregular heart rhythms
- Nervous system damage in COVID-19 patients leads to:
- Seizures, hallucinations and brain inflammation
- Kidney damage increasingly common in COVID-19 patients
- It is very possible that the virus attaches to the kidney cells and attacks them
- Blood clots found in majority of patients who died of COVID-19
- 1/3 of patients who have COVID-19 infections do in fact have evidence of thrombotic disease
Clinicians and researchers have yet to determine whether COVID-19 is directly attacking those organs or whether the injuries are caused by:
- The patients’ immune responses to the infection.
- “Cytokine storms”
How Visceral Manipulation Can Help
Visceral manipulation (VM) is a gentle manual therapy that works with your organs and aids your body’s ability to restore health. Optimum health requires a harmonious relationship of organ movement and fluid dynamics that can be impacted by viruses such as COVID-19 as well as other infections, trauma, surgery, pollution, diet, etc.
When an organ is restricted or unhealthy it causes the body to compensate. This creates abnormal tension which can also lead to structural problems that you don’t necessarily correlate with an organ.
Imagine scar tissue around the lungs. Every breath requires movement but the scar alters the movement pattern. This could not only impact the ability to breathe fully, but contribute to neck, shoulder or mid-back pain.
You take over 24,000 breathes per day. Any residual issues associated with COVID-19 can contribute to inefficiencies that may be minor, yet with those 24,000 repetitions each day, it can lead to greater issues down the road.
You’ve navigated the infectious phase of COVID-19, make sure you return to optimal health by working with a highly trained visceral therapist to evaluate your overall health needs.
A visceral specialist can determine organ health in ways that differ from other tests and diagnostics. The evaluation focuses on function of these organs, and the associated relationships they have in the body. Sure, the structure that imaging such as a CT scan, MRI or ultrasound offers is critical, but is limited in some ways that VM can identify and treat effectively and gently.