Private holistic rehab programme launches for Covid-19 patients

A sports medicine and rehabilitation group in London are working together with a personal training gym to deliver a holistic programme for patients physically affected by Covid-19.

Isokinetic, in the Harley Street Medical Area (HSMA), and AMP Athletic have teamed up to ensure exercise is controlled and monitored by medical professionals in a safe way.

Supervised control of movement exercises in the Green Room, Isokinetic London

They said this replicated the integrated model used in professional sport, where open communication channels between trainers and clinicians form a crucial part of athletes’ rehabilitation.

And they say the holistic programme – which supplements physical therapy intervention with medical expertise – has been key to patient Paul Mylrea’s impressive recovery after suffering two strokes due to Coronavirus. 

Despite some lingering weakness on his right side, the 64-year-old, who is director of communications at Cambridge University, is now able-bodied.

He became seriously ill with Covid-19 last April, leaving him hospitalised and unable to get out of bed. With the pandemic seriously affecting stroke treatment and care, he was unable to rely on standard rehabilitation therapy. Doctors attribute his remarkable recovery to his previous very high level of fitness.

With the support of AMP Athletic and Isokinetic – a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence and one of only 51 around the world – he was able to recover safely from the immobility-related complications of stroke following a tailored recuperation programme, designed to bridge the gap between doctors, physiotherapists and fitness specialists during rehabilitation.

Mike Davison, who heads up the Isokinetic Harley Street Clinic, said: ‘I think it is an example of two groups within HSMA in health and well-being working together to give Paul the opportunity to live his life as well as he can, and fight back the life-changing effects of stroke and Coronavirus.’

Matt Curley, head coach at AMP Athletic, which is based in nearby Marylebone Village, said: ‘With experience of working with sport injury clinics over the years, we understand there is a bridge between physiotherapy and returning back to exercise. We pride ourselves on bridging that gap. It is important to get patients out of the clinical environment and get them back into a gym for their mental health. 

“Ultimately, the relationship between us and the medical professionals at Isokinetic has been really good for our clients, as in Paul’s case. In pro sport the channels of relationship and communication have always been open and that is what we have replicated.’