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Diabetes and Massage: What You Need to Know

More than 30 million people in the U.S. - that's over 9 percent of the population - have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. With 1.5 million newly diagnosed cases each year, diabetes has become an increasingly common condition. If you or a loved one has either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, getting the right treatment is absolutely essential. 

Along with the medications (such as insulin injections or oral medications), complementary therapies such as massage can be used as part of a treatment plan. Not only can massage make you feel better physically, but it can also help to ease diabetes-related symptoms and complications.

Keep in mind, doctor-prescribed medications and lifestyle changes (such as a special diet or added exercise) are first-line measures to keep diabetes in check. If left untreated, diabetes can cause lifethreatening complications.

If you're looking for a way to reduce some of your symptoms, relieve discomfort, or just feel better, take a look at what massage can do for diabetics when used along with traditional therapies.

Injection Site Issues

Long-term insulin injections in the same areas of the body can cause problems for diabetic patients. While rotating injection sites (such as moving from arm to arm or leg to leg) can help to alleviate some injection site issues, you might still experience redness, pain, swelling, or worse. Lumps and bumps can occur, even if you've tried to be careful about where you inject your insulin.

Even though massage hasn't been scientifically shown to remove or reduce these lumps, it can help to alleviate mobility issues or stiffness that results from injection site lumps or scaring. This doesn't mean that massage will remove the scars or completely eliminate problems, but it can get blood flowing to these areas and help to reduce some of the stiffness that you may have.

General Relaxation

Living with diabetes isn't always easy. Even though it's a manageable condition, the physiological effects of the disease can take a toll on even the most mentally healthy individual - especially immediately after diagnosis.

Diabetics are two times as likely to suffer from depression, according to the American Psychological Association. Coming to grips with the major change in lifestyle isn't easy, but that doesn't mean you have to live a stress-filled life.

Stress can also raise the risk of developing type 2 diabetes or having increased blood sugar levels. Overproduction of stress hormones (cortisol and epinephrine) can trigger the liver to increase production and release of blood sugar. This makes handling stress in a healthy way even more important for those who have other diabetes risk factors along with those who already have a diagnosis.

There are plenty of ways to manage the stress associated with diabetes. A psychologist can help you to handle stress and depression, providing professional-level treatment for related mental health issues. Along with expert mental health help, relaxing through massage offers an extra way to combat the stress that you may feel.

Improved Circulation

The numbness and tingling of diabetic foot pain is never comfortable. Poor circulation and nerve damage can cause these extremity issues, which are common in diabetic patients. You can prevent this kind of pain if you lower your blood sugar, and keep it acceptable levels, but that isn't always possible.

Treatment for circulatory foot issues includes (along with blood sugar level maintenance) pain medications, blood thinners, and exercise. Massage can also help to improve circulation, helping to ease some of the discomfort that you may feel.

Do you have diabetes or have a loved one with the condition? Contact Asiami Oriental Massage Of Doral for more information on relaxing through the art of massage.


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Asiami Oriental Massage Of Doral 
Asiami Oriental Massage Of Doral
7930 NW. 36th St. Suite 17
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