Long-Haul Covid-19: An interview with Massage Magazine
Long Haul Covid

I know we’re all tired of hearing about the big “C” word…who isn’t. Life changed about two years ago and, even as we struggle to pry back normalcy in our lives, we are confronted with some of the fall-out from the pandemic. Some of those most affected by the pandemic are those known as “long-haulers”, or those who are in for a “long-haul” on their road to recovery. I wrote an article about rehab & therapy treatment options for patient experiencing long-haul covid symptoms here. But, things keep changing, and research keeps getting published that changes our view and understanding of the disease and those who will experience its effects for some time to come.


I was recently interviewed for a piece by Massage Magazine about long-haul covid. In the article, I discuss some of what we do know about pain, fatigue, and other symptoms that people experience with long-haul covid.


Here’s an excerpt:


Often long-haulers’ fatigue and pain can be on par with that experienced by people with chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia, Rafael Salazar, MHS, OTR/L, CEO and president of ProActive Rehabilitation & Wellness in Augusta, Georgia, told MASSAGE Magazine. Pain can be so intense, said Salazar, that patients can’t even tolerate being in a swimming pool or taking a shower; fatigue can leave sufferers unable to get out of bed.

Clinical observation suggests long-haul symptoms could even persist over a course of years, said Salazar. “One to two years post-infection, some of these people could still have decreased physical function and memory impairment,” he noted. They can also develop long-term psychological issues as a result of having had the disease, such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental conditions.

In extreme cases, such conditions can even interfere with treatment for long COVID problems. For example, Salazar has encountered patients “who’ve had debilitating anxiety, unable to make appointments, to maintain employment, to follow up with health care providers because of the anxiety that they’re having.”


You can read the full article here.


If you or a family member is experiencing some of the symptoms associated with long-haul covid-19, book an appointment with one of our team members today.

Are you dealing with pain?

We understand that struggling with the stress and strain of pain can be tough…Whether it’s waking up feeling stiff or severe tension after walking, running, or playing, no one wants to spend each day dealing with the soreness that pain brings. While many people choose surgery or injections for pain relief, at ProActive Rehabilitation & Wellness, we offer non-surgical therapies which prevents patients from going under the knife.


If you’d like to book a pain consultation now, with one of our top clinicians, click the button bellow or have your provider fax over a referral. We only book a limited amount of these consultations each month, so act quickly before they’re gone.

Rafi Salazar OT

Rafael E. Salazar II, MHS, OTR/L (Rafi) is the CEO & President of Proactive Rehabilitation & Wellness, as well as the Principal Owner of Rehab U Practice Solutions and the host of The Better Outcomes Show. He has experience in a variety of rehab settings, working with patients recovering from a variety of injuries and surgeries. He worked as the lead clinician in an outpatient specialty clinic at his local VA Medical center, where he worked on projects to improve patient & employee engagement and experience throughout the organization. He has experience as a faculty member at Augusta University’s Occupational Therapy Program, as a Licensed Board Member on the GA State OT Board, has served on several committees for the national OT Board (NBCOT), and as a consultant working for the State of Georgia’s DBHDD. He is also on the Board of Directors for NBCOT. Rafi also authored the book Better Outcomes: A Guide to Humanizing Healthcare