So, Can Guided Imagery Do Anything for "Long COVID"?
I’m starting to feel like there might be an end in sight to the pandemic, at least here in the U.S.
I’m hugely grateful that vaccines were available so quickly, and that they’re working so well. Every day, I check the number of U.S. cases and deaths, and I see them trending downward as the number of shots in arms rises. The slow but steady improvement seems like nothing less than a full-on, inspiring razzle-dazzle miracle of science.
But at the same time, I can’t help thinking about the “long haulers”, or people with “long COVID.”
Tens of thousands of COVID-19 survivors who’ve tested negative for any remaining SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus have yet to return to their pre-infection levels of function and fitness. They don’t have any signs of permanent lung, kidney, heart, or brain damage, but they still have symptoms – sometimes for months.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the most common symptoms of long COVID include:
- shortness of breath
- joint pain
- chest pain
- difficulty concentrating
- muscle pain
- intermittent fever
- rapid or pounding heartbeat
Some people will experience other symptoms, like rashes, hair loss, or memory problems, instead of or in addition to the more common ones. A lot of this sure does sound like the symptoms of a lot of chronic auto-immune conditions, eh?
Early studies suggest that 10% of people who catch COVID-19 may develop long COVID, and that it could last for a year or more. But since COVID-19 has only been around since late 2019, we don’t have any way yet to predict who will become a long hauler or how long it will affect them.
Some infected people were acutely ill but bounced back to normal within a month or two, while others were only mildly affected but their symptoms have continued for six months or more.
There’s an intriguing theory that long COVID is similar to myalgic encephalomyelitis/ chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and can be triggered in similar ways, but there’s no proof. And since we don’t know what causes it, we don’t know how to make it go away – not yet, anyway.
So, in the meantime, we need to help people cope with many of the most common symptoms until science figures this out too.
And guess what’s good for that? You’ve got it: guided imagery.
Our targeted, science-based meditations are designed to tackle symptoms like headaches, shortness of breath, poor concentration, muscle pain, depression, racing heart rate, and fatigue, regardless of what’s causing them.
We’ve also got an audio for overcoming viral infection that uses the latest virology and immunology research to encourage the immune system to do its job in a safe, balanced way. The imagery remembers the importance of recruiting and dispatching the suppressor cells – the ones that know when to slow down overzealous fighter cells, bless their hearts, and send them back to where they came from.
If you’re struggling through long COVID, you may want to give guided imagery a try.
And remember, you can listen to the sound samples on the product pages to see if the voice, content, pacing, and music suit you. And if so, order one, and if you like it and it seems helpful, by all means order some more!
Wishing us all a joyful return to vitality, exuberance, and hopeful living!
Take care and be well,