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Once a person catches COVID, it doesn't always go away easily. Approximately 10-35% of COVID survivors suffer from Long Covid whilst 85% of those who were hospitalised as a result of COVID experienced severe post-COVID symptoms.

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Even after the line fades on the test, many COVID patients still find themselves facing long-term illnesses such as fatigue, shortness of breath, 'brain fog' and insomnia. But what if there was a solution?

When COVID enters your body, it enters deep into your lungs, into the Alveoli. It is a small organ that medicine normally cannot reach. This means that lung disease is difficult to treat conventionally. The only exception to this is: Molecular Hydrogen.

In China, Molecular Hydrogen is utilized in their post-Coronavirus treatment programs. Let's explore why Hydrogen helps Post-COVID symptoms.

1. Antioxidant
The antioxidative effects of molecular hydrogen neutralises toxic free radicals formed in the lungs by the COVID virus, which relieves oxidative stress and repairs cells. Hydrogen selectively targets the bad free radicals while leaving all other cells untouched. The only byproduct of this neutralisation is water! As Hydrogen is capable of selectively neutralising toxic free radicals without affecting other body cells, it means that there are no side-effects or contraindications.


2. Anti-Inflammatory
Inflammation is your body's natural response to disease but chronic inflammation can lead to long-term health issues. When your body recovers poorly post-COVID, it's because your body's inflammatory response is ringing its alarm bells while it detects the oxidative stress in your body. By neutralising free radicals, Hydrogen relieves your body's inflammation.


3. Improves Sleep
Oxidative stress can affect sleep. By neutralising it, Hydrogen helps you get the sleep you deserve. Also, when your body is less inflamed, sleep becomes more comfortable and natural.


4. Boosts Energy

Fatigue is a common Post-COVID symptom. With Hydrogen's reparative effect on cells, it brings back your cell's ability to generate energy to give your body the boost it needs. Furthermore, with Hydrogen, you'd be sleeping better which means that you'd have more energy during the day!

Discover how molecular hydrogen aids Post-COVID recovery: https://youtu.be/Kzdw5XnOiZk?si=UtQOoQLT5jRgWffG

Our Post-COVID Recovery Care Plan

Hi-Bliss Hydrogen Therapy combines the curative effects of Molecular Hydrogen with our certified physiotherapists to help patients recover after contracting COVID. Beyond just treating the symptoms, Hi-Bliss Hydrogen Therapy also guides you on lifestyle changes that supplement our Hydrogen Therapy to help you solve your health conditions from its root cause.

If you are interested in finding out how Hi-Bliss Hydrogen Therapy can help you, make your appointment now!

If you experience:

It’s time to seek help. It is important not to suffer in silence thinking it’s a natural part of the aging process.

If the pain lasts more than 2 weeks, also seek medical attention. The best outcomes for any medical condition will usually be when they are caught early.

The goal will be to help you become as pain-free as possible.

Then of course, there is you. You know your own back and body best, so you are in the best position to do what needs to be done to maintain a healthy back and prevent injuries from happening in the first place if at all possible.

If you do have a sore back, being proactive and following the treatment guidelines given by each practitioner, such as exercises, can help you recover more quickly and hopefully with no lasting damage to your back.

Natural treatments to help reduce back pain

There are a number of natural remedies for back pain. The good news is that many of them are inexpensive. Their effectiveness will depend on the location and cause of the pain, but these should in general work for the upper, middle and lower back.

Self-care:

Hi-Bliss Hydrogen Therapy utilizes Molecular Hydrogen, a very powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties to help ease the everyday aches and pains. Our Pain Relief Therapy is accompanied by Manipulation and Exercises (to strengthen and stretch the muscles) conducted by our certified physiotherapist.  

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Back pain will be classified as upper, middle and lower. It also important to identify or indicate whether the pain is on the left or the right. This can give a clue as to which of the many causes of back pain might be contributing to the issue.

The causes of back pain can be broadly classified as relating to:

Three common classifications of back pain include:

Axial pain

This is also referred to as mechanical pain, and is usually the result of a muscle sprain or strain. It can be dull or sharp.

Referred pain

Referred pain moves around from location to location. It is associated with age-related changes to the spine and can be described as dull and achy.

Radicular pain

This is nerve pain that will often radiate outwards along the path of the affected nerve and can cause the arm or leg to become numb or weak. The pain is described as searing. This pain can result from a number of different causes, including:

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Sciatica(SIGH-attic-ah) is the most common form of radicular pain. The main causes of sciatica are:

a herniated disc-a disc that has rupture and might be pressing on the nervedegenerative disc disease, that is, the results of an aging spinespinal stenosis-that is, narrowing of the spinespondylolisthesis-one of the vertebrae slips forward onto the bone below it, causing the nerve to become compressed or pinched

Sciatic pain can generate from the back down to the hip and thigh. In some cases, it might even go as far down as the big toe. Diagnostic imaging will be important to determine the condition of the spine and the placement of the discs.

Certain sciatica symptoms can indicate an emergency and require immediate medical care. These include, but are not limited to:

These could be signs of cauda equina syndrome, a rare condition marked by extreme pressure and swelling of the nerves at the end of the spinal cord.

Infection or spinal tumors can also cause sciatic pain, so it is important not to suffer in silence thinking it’s a natural part of the aging process.

Lordosis

Another cause of lower back pain is lordosis, an abnormal inward curvature of the spine. It is commonly referred to as a sway back. It can be caused by age, or by poor posture. Treatment usually involves physical therapy, although in severe cases surgery, casting, and/or bracing may be required to restore the proper curve of the spine and ease any pain caused by it.

While it is true that the lower back is the most common area to experience pain, the upper back can be painful for musculoskeletal reasons, often connected with shoulder pain. This part of the spine is not as mobile and flexible as the lower part of the spine, but it can be injured in accidents.

Dowager's hump

Dowager’s hump, or kyphosis, is an abnormal outward curvature of the thoracic vertebrae of the upper back. Think of it as the opposite of lordosis. It is often the result of osteoporosis, or thinning of the bone. The spine bends and leads to a hump-like appearance. It is often seen in older women, who are much more prone to osteoporosis, hence the name. Osteoporosis is preventable, so the hump can be corrected in many cases.

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Scoliosis (SKOL-ee-OH-siss) can affect any part of the back. It causes an abnormal curve of the spine from side to side. People with scoliosis have a spine that can curve from one side or the other, to the point where their spine starts to resemble a letter C or a letter S.

Scoliosis is about two times more common in women than in men. It can start at any age, though it is usually most common in those over 10. It is hereditary, with it running in families.

The severity of the curve/s and their locations can produce a range of symptoms. Treatment can vary from spinal manipulation and bracing to surgery.

Upper and middle back pain

The 12 thoracic vertebrae that make up the upper and middle back are all very closely connected with one another, and with your ribs. That being the case, middle and upper back pain can be caused by a number of reasons, including:

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The spine shrinks and compresses with age, in part because the discs that cushion cushions the small facet joints in the spine start to break down. Taking care of your cartilage is key to maintaining your discs. Other than supplements and vitamins, proper hydration of the body is the easiest way to take care of your cartilage.

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Anyone who has ever suffered the misery of back pain knows how urgent it is to get relief. Once you are free from the pain, most people will learn as much as they can about their sore back to try to prevent back problems from arising again.

One thing is for sure, the pain in a memorable one, and the majority of people will experience it at some point in their lives.

Back pain can vary from person to person, type to type, and region to region, such as the upper, middle and lower back. It can be a dull, constant ache or sudden sharp pain like a dagger that makes it almost too painful to move. It can start quickly if you fall, get a sports injury, or lift something too heavy. Or it might worsen over time, getting progressively worse.

What is back pain and how common is it?

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Back pain can occur for a range of reasons that are either structural, musculoskeletal, nerve-based, or a sign of an underlying disorder. Most back pain is structural or musculoskeletal and the nerves can be affected by changes in the structure of the spine.

The spine is a complex system of interlocking bones and joints called vertebrae. The spinal column extends from the base of our skull all the way down to the tailbone at our pelvis, the coccyx. The many vertebrae that make up the spine are labeled in terms of area, and each is given a number so that all doctors know which they are referring to if there are any issues with the back that need to be dealt with.

Most people experience lower back pain. Up to 80% of the population will have it at least once in their lives.

It tends to occur in older people and can increase with age, but of course anyone can get back pain due to injury. The prevalence varies with gender. Women are more likely to have lower back pain, a prolapsed or slipped disc, and sciatica, that is, pain in the sciatic nerves that run from the back down to the lower leg.

What are the main causes of back pain?

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Injury is the most common cause of back pain. It is often related to picking up things in such a way as to harm the spine, its nerves, or the muscles around it. For example, many people trying to lift a heavy object with bend over it with their arms straight and try to pull it towards their chest. This strains the muscles, especially in the lower back.

Anyone can have back pain, but some things that can increase your risk include:

Back pain is more common in people who are not fit. A solid core will strengthen the back as well.

Carrying extra pounds, especially around the middle, can stress the back and cause pain. It is also usually a sign of a flabby core, and flabby muscles are weak and more prone to injury.

Some causes of back pain can have a genetic component and run in families.

Some types of arthritis and cancer can cause back pain. Osteoporosis, a thinning of the bones, can also result in hairline fractures, bone spurs and other structural changes that can cause back pain.

Smokers with bone injuries heal around twice as slowly as non-smokers. One of the reasons may be that they do not circulate enough nutrients in the body to be able to heal bones and support good back health. As they age, their bones can become so brittle that smoker’s cough can trigger back pain and even injury.

If you have to lift, push, or pull often in your job, you are more at risk for injury. Many companies offer their workers braces to support the spine, but they need to be worn correctly in order to do any good.

If you sit at a desk all day and do not sit up straight, you may also get back pain. This will most commonly be in the lower part of the back, since this takes so much pressure and weight when you are sitting, but it can also occur in the neck, shoulders and middle of the back as well.

Lower back pain is one of the most common causes of pain, poor quality of life and lost productivity in the workplace. Chronic back pain can affect every area of your life, including work, sleep, sex, caring for your children, and more.

Fortunately, there are a range of ways to prevent back issues, and to treat them if they do arise. These include natural remedies, medications, and in extreme cases, surgery. The treatments will depend on the cause of the pain.

Sometimes the cause is very obvious, such as an injury. In other cases, the pain is real, but might require a process of elimination to determine where it is coming from and why.

Let’s look at different kinds of back pain in the next blog.

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