Our evidence-based brain health and physical rehab program for those recovering from a COVID-19 infection focuses on helping people regain their cognitive and physical abilities after the illness to improve quality of life. We understand the numerous challenges facing this patient population suffering from fatigue and "brain fog" as their primary complaints. First and foremost we take the time to LISTEN and then BELIEVE what you say. We want to learn about you, what is going on in your life, and the numerous challenges you are facing. Unlike traditional physical therapy that promotes graded exercises, the new standard of care for the post-Covid 19 patient is completely the opposite. This is not something that is in your head or can be pushed through. This specialized approach is recognized throughout the world by physical and occupational therapists using a pacing strategy that is reinforced with these 3 tenants:
Stop Rest PacePacing is not something that is understood by the world and is a new concept in rehab. Moreover, it is not an easy thing to do or learn for patients. Whether you are a professional athlete or just an active individual living your life, there is no easy path to rehab and it just takes time. The good news is we will be your champion. We will be with you literally every step of the way to support and encourage you and help you in your recovery. Therefore, we focus a lot on patient education and helping each individual manage daily activities without causing symptom exacerbation. The Atlantis Physical Therapy Approach to Covid-19 Rehab Each patient is unique and has different issues, therefore we customize program based on what the patient is capable of doing and what problems need to be addressed including:
- Cognitive Issues/Brain Fog including memory, executive function, concentration
- Balance & Strength
- Anxiety & Sleep Issues
Health AssessmentWe start with detailed health assessments based on the current recommended standard of care for post Covid-19 patients to accurately and thoroughly document health status and history. This foundation establishes a baseline to measure improvements in our individualized treatment plans. These areas include:
- Neurological/Cognitive Status
- Autonomic System
- Vestibular System
- Respiratory System
- Physiological Status
- General Strength and Balance
Brain Health and RehabilitationWe are extremely proud of our brain health and rehabilitation program. It is centered on the concept of dual-tasking to increase the neuroplasticity in the brain to improve memory, attention, processing speed, and executive function. Dual-tasking is evidenced-based training that combines a physical and cognitive task. Our program features a gamified piece of equipment from SMARTfit that is interactive, fun, and challenging. We have found it to be helpful for our long covid patients, but are mindful on how we are able to use it, based on the severity of the symptoms for each individual.
Identifying Treatment Areas for Brain FogCambridge Brain Sciences (CBS), a leading web-based platform for the assessment of cognitive function has an online software program that we use to set baseline measurements for each patient and help us identify specific areas in need of improvement. It is an invaluable tool and allows us to track a patient's progress.
Click here to try a sample cognitive assessment
(Note: This is an online test hosted on the CBS Site)