COVID Physical Rehabilitation
Physical therapy can help those with decreased strength begin to move more, gradually building up their stamina.
Summary of respiratory rehabilitation and physical therapy guidelines for patients with COVID-19 based on recommendations of World Confederation for Physical Therapy and National Association of Physical Therapy.
According to a 2020 review, physical therapy for those recovering from COVID-19 aims to:
- Restore function to the muscles
- reduce the likelihood of mental health conditions that may occur as a result of limited mobility
- enable people to return to their normal lives
A physical therapist may recommend:
- Aerobic exercises that people can do around the home, such as walking up and down the stairs
- Low-intensity resistance training, such as squats or carrying objects
- Balance training
- Strength training
- Flexibility training