Today, in Canada about eleven million people are living with either diabetes or pre-diabetes, according to estimates.
This is a huge chunk of the population and the chances are that either you have or will develop diabetes in your lifetime, or you know someone that will.
Although in no way intended to replace any treatment your own doctor has set out for you, there has been some use made of massage therapy for people with diabetes.
But what can massage do to help with the onset of diabetes?
Pre-diabetes is a rising in the blood sugar levels that is not considered high enough to be actual diabetes.
Approximately 6 million people in Canada have this condition. Although it is not guaranteed that a person will develop diabetes as a result of having pre-diabetes, it does happen in many cases.
Some of the problems associated with diabetes can begin during this stage.
If you have been told you have pre-diabetes, this is something you need to consider and take seriously.
There is more than one type of diabetes and all of them need to be treated properly.
The body does not produce enough insulin. Because of this, a person’s blood sugar gets high and isn’t released into the bloodstream for energy.
This kind of diabetes always needs to be treated with insulin.
It also requires careful dietary planning, to keep the blood sugar levels correct.
This is a mix of both type 1 and type 2 and usually happens to older people.
Type 2 diabetes is when the body doesn’t use insulin properly or hasn’t got enough of it. Similarly, the sugar remains in the bloodstream and can’t be converted into energy.
Type 2 diabetes is by far the more common, affecting 90% of all people with diabetes. It normally occurs in adults, but can also be found in children.
Type 2 diabetes can be managed by proper meal planning, but it may also require insulin as well, depending on how serious the condition is.
Gestational diabetes only happens in pregnancy and is temporary for the duration of the pregnancy.
However, having gestational diabetes can present a risk for both mother and child later on.
HOW CAN MASSAGE HELP?
Although at no point would we advise patients to abandon their medical treatments for diabetes, massage can work alongside conventional medicine to help treat diabetes.
By boosting the circulation, the glucose levels can be improved, as can the use of insulin.
This benefit is usually seen a couple of hours after a massage.
Simply relaxing can help the diabetic person to unwind. This eases the nervous system and generally improves their overall health.
- INCREASED MOBILITY
The good myofascial effect includes enhanced mobility and better tissue elasticity. These help the client with a sedentary lifestyle to achieve a higher degree of mobility, which in turn helps with the management of their condition.
- SCAR TISSUE REMOVAL
Scar tissue can be an issue over injection sites on the body. It can also be painful. Massage can help to repair this, which will improve the client’s overall mobility.
- RESTORING NERVE FUNCTION
Massage can help to restore the function of nerves. This can improve sensation in the body.
KNOWING THE SIGNS
Finally, it is important to be able to spot the signs of diabetes when they first occur, as they often lie undetected.
They include increased thirst, a need to urinate more frequently and tiredness. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should always consult your doctor in the first instance.