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Hypnotherapy for long-COVID syndrome

Long-COVID syndrome is the name given to persistent after-effects of a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19 infection), even after the typical convalescence period of COVID-19. Older people and people with serious medical conditions are the most likely to experience lingering COVID-19 symptoms. However, even young people and those who experienced only mild COVID-19 symptoms may feel unwell for weeks or even months after infection (1).

What do the experts say?

There is still relatively little data about the long-term effects and above all, systematic long-term studies are scarce. However, what can be seen from the currently available studies and initial reports of experience is that the most common long-COVID symptoms are (2):

  • Persistent fatigue
  • Complete exhaustion
  • Low resilience
  • Headaches
  • Muscle weakness and joint pain
  • Disturbance in smell and taste
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Emotional disturbance including anxiety and depression
  • Shortness of breath

You are not alone (3). A recently conducted cohort study, in canton Zurich, found that 6 months after symptom onset 26% reported not having returned to their normal health state (4).

The duration and severity of the long-COVID symptoms can vary greatly. In general, experts agree that people with severe symptoms need some time to fully recover from COVID-19. People experiencing prolonged symptoms should seek medical advice. After classifying the symptoms, hypnotherapy can be useful in alleviating symptoms and bringing relief.

How does hypnotherapy work for long-COVID syndrome?

Especially in cases of anxiety, pain, first signs of depression and persistent fatigue, medical and systemic hypnotherapy can be of great support. With customised relaxation exercises, special breathing techniques and mental training, it is possible to regain inner strength and clarity even in difficult times. Step by step and at your own pace. With self-hypnosis and breathing exercises that you can learn from me, you will receive good tools to use at home to cope with your symptoms. Even if the interaction of all medical therapies does not lead to a complete elimination of the symptoms, hypnotherapy serves, first and foremost, to re-harness your own potential and to re-energise yourself. It can, in any case, help you get through this difficult phase in life more easily.

The good news

My approach is to support you in your recovery process with effective methods and techniques. Whenever you are ready, I am here for you. With a programme that is right for you, you will be amazed at how much easier it is to find your way back to a healthy and happy life.

Tomorrow is only a day away, so let’s start today!

Are you interested in hypnotherapy? Contact me: +41-41 322 10 10 or bb@barbarabauer.ch
For clients who are not able to come to my office in Walchwil, I am happy to offer effective online sessions.

References and links:

(1) https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-long-term-effects/art-20490351

(2) Mizrahi, B., Shilo, S., Rossman, H. et al. Longitudinal symptom dynamics of COVID-19 infection. Nat Commun 11, 6208 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-20053-y

(3) LONG COVID SWITZERLAND: Information from affected persons for affected persons: https://www.longcovidch.info

(4) https://www.corona-immunitas.ch/en/program/studies/e7-zurich-coronavirus-cohort-study/