What is diabetes? Over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes types 1 and 2. In type 1 diabetes, the immune system attacks the insulin producing cells in the body. In type 2, patients can normally produce insulin but it is not enough, or they will have insulin resistance.
Have you been diagnosed with diabetes or know someone who has? You might want to consider referring them to a massage therapist for some alternative treatments. Several years ago the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) published an article on the benefits of massage for diabetics. Some of the benefits include:
Relaxation: A good massage can lower the stress hormones which in return has a beneficial effect on blood sugar levels.
Circulation: Massage increases circulation which allows for a more efficient intake of insulin by the cells.
Myofascial Effects: Elevated blood sugar can cause muscle stiffness and a loss in range of motion. Massage works with both muscles and connective tissues to loosen up the body and give you more mobility.
Although there are several ways to manage your diabetes, you should consider a massage in addition to your treatment. As always, speak to your physician first.
“Accept that diabetes care is up to you. You are the one who decides what to eat, how much to exercise, and when to check your blood glucose. Accept this for what it is—control. You are in control.”
― American Diabetes Association