N E W S L E T T E R PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN PREVENT DEADLY CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS
In addition to the individualized exercise program, Kishimoto explained that controlled coughing, while you are at a distance from others, is something else that patients should do to keep their lungs active. “Coughing helps bring out any of that mucus that’s sedentary in the lungs and can help keep the infection from getting worse,” Kishimoto said. According to Pentz and Kishimoto, patients are not only happy receiving physical therapy via telehealth, but as of now, none of them have developed pneumonia while doing the exercises.
Two UW Medicine physical therapists (Hilary Pentz and Adrienne Kishimoto) developed ways for Coronavirus patients to start healing on their own and prevent as many as possible from being admitted to hospitals. They worked on creating an individualized exercise program for these patients. The exercise programs fall into two different categories: breathing and conditioning. These categories are meant to speed up the oxygen exchange in your lungs and keep blood flow active. These are individually tailored so that even a person who can’t get out of bed or leave a room can do their exercises effectively. “The exercises themselves are basically to help keep the circulation going and improve and flush out any mucus or congestion that stays in the lungs to prevent pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome,” Kishimoto said.
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