Long Covid, with its persistent and debilitating symptoms, has left many individuals in search of answers and solutions. In this blog post, we will explore an inspiring story of recovery using the Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP), a groundbreaking therapy rooted in the Polyvagal Theory by Dr. Stephen Porges. The subjects name has been changed to protect their privacy.
A Battle with Long Covid
In January 2022, one individual’s life took a challenging turn when diagnosed with Long Covid. Jane’s symptoms were a relentless mix of brain fog, headaches, memory loss, post-exertional malaise, fatigue, chest tightness, shortness of breath, urinary incontinence, insomnia, and weight gain. It seemed like their whole world had turned upside down.
The journey through Long Covid was marked by numerous doctor visits and attempts at alternative therapies, from red light therapy to acupuncture and supplements. Despite their efforts, the relief they sought remained elusive.
Life before Long Covid
Before Long Covid, this individual was a high-achieving professional, a parent to three teenagers, and a supportive partner. They managed their pre-existing diagnosis of Celiac disease and a history of major depressive disorder with ease. In addition to their responsibilities, they even found time to run half-marathons.
However, Long Covid challenged Jane on multiple fronts, both physically and emotionally. The debilitating symptoms left them feeling stuck and immobilised, and it took over a year for Jane to receive a diagnosis. Doctors had little to offer, leaving them disheartened and feeling as though they would never get better.
Their turning point came with the introduction of the Safe & Sound Protocol. Delivered remotely via Zoom, they began with the SSP Connect pathway, listening for 30 minutes most days from January through February 2022. Subsequently, they progressed to the SSP Core program from February to June 2022, incorporating some home listening sessions. The transition to SSP Balance further contributed to their recovery, with sessions happening two or three times per week.
Throughout the SSP journey, this individual learned about their own nervous system, enabling them to identify their current state and apply exercises to facilitate a transition between Polyvagal states. This personalized support was vital to their healing process.
Brain Fog Lifting
Initially, this individual reported fatigue and frustration even after completing the SSP and not immediately experiencing huge change. However, a week later, they began to experience improved brain function and increased tolerance for activity. As time passed, their recovery continued to progress. Their family noticed significant changes in their mood and connectedness.
Today,Jane is living the life they dreamt of once again. Brain fog and energy levels have improved significantly. They can attend their child’s events, travel with their partner, and even handle professional and family responsibilities. Their mental cognition has improved, and they are no longer foggy and overwhelmed by daily tasks.
SSP a lesson in slowing down to get better?
This story underscores the importance of patience and personalised care when using the SSP to aid in Long Covid recovery. For individuals with Long Covid, it is crucial to start slowly, gradually building up listening times and providing co-regulation support during specific phases and using gentle exercise and connection to nature. This tailored approach can make a world of difference.
This success story with the Safe & Sound Protocol SSP shows us the power of the human body’s resilience and the potential of innovative approaches to wellbeing. If you or a loved one is facing the challenges of Long Covid, consider exploring the Safe & Sound Protocol SSP, the path is gradual. But slow and steady often wins the race.