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How to manage covid Vaccine side effects easily with Physical therapy

As more and more individuals get vaccinated every day against Covid-19, the Covid vaccine appears to be the light at the end of the tunnel, a first glimpse of hope of ending this once in a century pandemic which has now stretched for almost one and a half years. While our country is facing a shortage of vaccines, we must all ensure that we get ourselves vaccinated when it’s our turn for our safety and for those around us.

On a side note, as a part of our initiative to help more and more people get vaccinated, the Casamed app will now help you find vaccination slots at nearby vaccination centres in your city and will notify you once the slots are available. This is completely free for all users on our app.

With the number of vaccinated individuals increasing day after day, the number of people experiencing safe but discomforting side-effects is also increasing. For almost all of us, the side-effects are a small price to pay for the safety that comes with the vaccine.

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According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the common side-effects after taking the vaccine include:

  • Pain or Swelling at the injection site.
  • Mild Fever.
  • Mild Headaches.
  • Irritability.

Other commonly observed side-effects are:

  • Muscle Pain.
  • Chills.
  • Nausea.
  • Fatigue.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the common side-effects after taking the vaccine include:

Pain or Swelling at the injection site.
Mild Fever.
Mild Headaches.
Irritability.

Other commonly observed side-effects are:

Muscle Pain.
Chills.
Nausea.
Fatigue.

It is important to know that the side-effects associated with the vaccine are a part of the body’s immune response and for most of us it is a sign that the vaccine is working. Since the covid vaccine is an intramuscular injection, the most common side-effect is soreness at the injection site. This can be easily taken care of by applying a cool, clean, wet washcloth to the site of injection.

The other most common although unexpected side-effect post vaccination is muscle soreness. Muscle soreness is often experienced after performing intense exercises but muscle pain similar to this has also been reported post covid vaccination. We need to understand that this too, is a part of our body’s immune response and in most cases it is a sign that our body is building immunity.

Having said that, muscle soreness can still be a cause of discomfort for many of us particularly for older people and people suffering from some musculoskeletal disorder. In such cases, physiotherapy comes as a relief as most of this muscle soreness can be managed by simple exercises. Given below are some of the exercises you can perform to reduce muscle soreness and pain.

  1. Begin in a sitting or standing position.
  2. Stretch the arms above the head.
  3. Lean to the right, keeping both arms stretched upward. To deepen the stretch, use the right hand to gently pull the left arm to the right.
  4. Return to the starting position.
  5. Repeat the stretch several times on both sides.
  1. Stand straight with your feet shoulder width apart.
  2. Relax your shoulders and let the arms hang by your side.
  3. Raise both the arms laterally by your side straight without bending the elbow (abduction). Try and raise as high as you can comfortably. Hold for 5 seconds.
  4. Bring the arms down back to the starting position (adduction).
  5. Repeat as needed.
  1. Stand straight with your feet flat on the ground.
  2. Extend your right arm in front of you and imagine holding the handle of a rotating wheel.
  3. Stretched out, move your hand from front to the right. Keeping your arm and elbow straight, rotate your arm in clockwise forming small circles.
  4. Try to gradually increase the diameter of the virtual circle and try forming bigger circles with your arms rotating by the side of you.
  1. Begin with standing with your body leaned forward.
  2. Hang your sore arm towards the ground.
  3. Shift your body weight so as to let your sore arm rotate in a circular motion.

These physiotherapy exercises will help ease the pain and swelling experienced post Covid-19 vaccination and relieve any additional side effects. Yet, keep in mind that you are performing these exercises to ease your pain and not to get an intense workout. Take it easy and focus more on form than speed. To learn more about how Casamed helps in a non pharmacological approach to pain relief and surgery reduction through Physiotherapy, click here.

On a concluding note, remember that the battle against Covid-19 is still not over. Even after getting vaccinated, please follow all the safety measures and stay safe. This does not end with your vaccination and so make sure that you educate and motivate others to get vaccinated as well, particularly the individuals that do not have easy access to information. Taking these small steps together will move us along the road to the end of this pandemic and together as one, we can make this possible.

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