Program to counter medium to long term after-effects of infection and aid healthier recovery
Mumbai, 6 May 2021: Known to think ahead of the time, VLCC today announced the launch of an intensive restorative wellness program – VCare – specifically targeted at addressing lingering after-effects of the Covid-19 virus infection. Specially designed to help patients receive proper follow-up care in the weeks and months after their being declared infection free, VCare aids a healthier recovery, both of the body and mind. The progam is available on-line at www.vlccwellness.com and at all VLCC Wellness Clinics pan-India.
Studies1 have shown that up to 80% of patients can continue to have bothersome symptoms months after medical recovery and being declared virus free. This condition has also recently been acknowledged and named by the National Institutes of Health, USA as "Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection" 2 (PASC). Post-COVID symptoms include excessive fatigue, disturbed sleep, loss of appetite, low-grade exertional fever, shortness of breath, dry cough, residual bronchitis, painful joints, muscle soreness, difficulty in thinking and concentrating (brain fog) as well as depression and anxiety. Prolonged neglect of these symptoms can cause medical complication.
Speaking on the importance of post-Covid patient care, Mrs. Vandana Luthra, Founder & CoChairperson, VLCC Group said, “While the curative medical eco-system in the country is entirely and rightly focused on fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, it is also critical that patients who have recovered from the infection be given continued guidance if they have to achieve full recovery of their health. Lack of effective follow-up care could result in their requiring intensive medical treatment and possibly hospitalization in some case, further stressing the already burdened curative healthcare delivery infrastructure. This is where VLCC, with its deep knowledge in the therapeutic wellness domain, is stepping up to effectively contribute to battling the crises. As we push back this pandemic, Post-COVID-19 Recovery Programs will play a key role, not just in helping patients regain good health but also relieve some pressure on the medicare delivery system in India.”
VLCC is the only organisation whose Wellness programmes carry the “Recommended by Indian Medical Association” stamp.
The VCare post-COVID-19 recovery program has been developed by VLCC’s R&D team of medical doctors, nutritionists, physiotherapists and psychologists, in consultation with specialists and subject matter experts who have been at the forefront of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
2 "Sequelae" refers to a condition that is the result of a previous illness/injury. SARS-CoV-2 is the name of the virus that causes COVID
The programme is designed to deliver measurable benefits across physical, biochemical, respiratory, fitness and pain-relief parameters, as well as mental wellbeing. Each program is monitored by medical doctors and is customized, basis the patient’s medical history as well as current physical and psychological condition. The program includes screening and comprehensive assessments, physiotherapy, cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation, physical activity regimen guidance, respiratory exercises, dietary modification and monitoring as well as behavioral change counselling aimed at improving mental wellbeing as also specialized therapies, including ayurveda and yoga. Key measurable benefits include improvement in stamina, lung capacity, body flexibility, endurance, muscle strength, appetite and digestion as also reduction in joint pains, muscle soreness and fatigue.
The Company has also introduced VShield, an immunity building program aimed at strengthening the human body’s self-healing propensity and its immunity mechanisms. This proactive healthcare initiative is in response to the growing realisation that an individual’s natural immunity is the first line of defense when it comes to outbreaks of virus infections like COVID-19.
The VSheild Immunity Building program is also a customized solution and follows a three-step protocol. The first step promotes body detoxification using Epsom salt and multivitamin therapeutic oils. The second step catalyzes cleansing of the liver, a key metabolic organ, through liver compress therapy. The third and the final step is Craniosacral Reflexology (CSR) which helps boosting the immune system, as well as reducing stress and tension throughout the body, improving blood and lymph circulation and releasing toxins from the body tissues.
The VCare and VSheild programs are delivered by medical doctors, physiotherapists, nutritionists and therapy experts and are available on-line (www.vlccwellness.com) as well as at the Company’s over 150 VLCC Wellness Clinics across India. The Company will also be partnering with hospitals across the country to deliver these programs, which have a duration of 1 to 4 weeks, depending on the severity of the health condition.