There are over 100 million Americans living with diabetes or prediabetes, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The physical and mental symptoms of diabetes can take a toll on the well-being of people who suffer from the disease. As a supplement to regular, medical treatment, Elements of Rockville Centre also recommends massage for diabetics.
Disclaimer: Massage should NOT be used as a substitute for medical treatment for diabetes, but as a supplement that alleviates some symptoms.
5 Benefits of Massage for Diabetics
1. Improved Circulation
When people with diabetes experience high blood sugar levels over the course of a few years, their blood vessels may become damaged. This may cause plaque buildup within the blood vessels, leading to complications in circulation. Diabetics often report numbness, tingling and pain in their extremities as a result.
Massage for diabetics can improve circulation and encourage the body to intake more glucose. The discomfort in their extremities will often dissipate after a massage. Also, checking your blood sugar levels before a massage, and then about an hour afterwards, can show a significant decrease.
2. Restored Tactile Sense
Longtime sufferers of diabetes may eventually experience nerve damage due to the metabolic complications brought about by the disease.
3. Increased Mobility
4. Breakdown of Scar Tissue
Many diabetics who inject insulin will notice a buildup of scar tissue around their “favorite” sites to inject. This can make it harder to inject insulin in the same location later on, forcing you to choose a different, perhaps more painful spot.
Scar tissue can be broken down through regular massage therapy, particularly deep tissue massage.
5. Relaxation and Stress Relief
Coping with diabetes is both physically and mentally taxing. Insulin injections, trips to the dialysis center and keeping up with various medications can take a toll on anyone’s mental health.
Of course, Elements of Rockville Centre believes massage therapy is one of the most effective ways to relax and alleviate some stress—but don’t just take our word for it. It’s been scientifically proven to relax tense muscles and release stress-busting endorphins from your brain.
Anyone interested in massage for diabetics should first consult with their healthcare provider to ensure it’s suitable for them. Also, be sure to always go to a massage studio with properly-trained, licensed massage therapists.
Disclaimer: Elements of Rockville Centre is not an organization of healthcare professionals. All authoritative claims in this blog have been linked to their sources.