Long Covid, a week of free tours in the Turin region

The second edition of CronOs, Chronicity and Osteopathy starts: from April 18 to 24, on the occasion of International Osteopathy Week, 24 studios in Turin and 37 throughout Piedmont will open their doors for a free visit to patients with symptoms linked to Long-Covid or whose chronicity has worsened following the restrictions linked to the pandemic.

Long Covid: what is it?

Long-Covid refers to a clinical condition characterized by heterogeneous signs and symptoms that persist or develop four weeks after acute SARS-CoV-2 infection. The clinical manifestations are very variable and today there is no unanimous consensus on their characteristics. However, general manifestations can be distinguished such as:

  • asthenia;
  • myalgia;
  • arthralgia;
  • general weakness.

Organ-specific manifestations can also be distinguished such as:

  • dyspnea;
  • tachycardia;
  • headache;
  • reflux.

“In addition, the regulations promoted to contain the pandemic have also had very significant consequences for the health of patients,” said Paola Sciomachen, President of ROI. “Suspending regular health checkups, stress, maintaining incorrect postures during smart work, and interrupting physical activity are just some of the causes that have affected our lifestyle and may have caused or aggravated chronic disorders that osteopathy can help treat,” added Paola Sciomachen.

More than 24 million Italians currently live with chronic diseases and the World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that more than 80% of public health expenditure is devoted to the care and management of chronic patients.

“Among the health interventions aimed at the treatment and care of chronic patients, osteopathy occupies an increasingly important place, fully integrating into the National Health System. In the National Chronicity Plan, the Ministry of Health emphasizes that in the treatment of multiple pathologies, collaboration between the various health professionals and the care of the patient as a whole is important. With the CronOs project, the ROI wants to provide a concrete response in this direction and underline its role as a leading player in the field of Italian healthcare. explained Paola Sciomachen.

Long Covid: what to do to heal

According to an epidemiological study carried out in 2019 by Lattanzio Monitoring & Evaluation for ROI and conducted on a sample of 770 osteopaths, the first three clinical needs reported by patients who turn to osteopathy are better cohabitation with chronicity (77% of sample), practical suggestions for managing the disease (50%) and the need for care (48%).

Therapeutic continuity and patient satisfaction are mainly attributable to the benefits of the treatment (for 91% of those questioned), the establishment of a relationship of trust (67%) and the harmony between the osteopath and the patient (49%).

The project, promoted by the ROI – Register of Osteopaths of Italy, aims to inform citizens about the support that osteopathy can offer to patients with chronic diseases and to stimulate scientific research in this specific area of ​​health.

You can book your visit on the cronos.roi.it website. Patients will be able to identify the osteopath participating in the initiative closest to them using the interactive map available here. Once the choice is made, patients can contact the osteopath directly to arrange a free visit by calling the
number listed on file.

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