Whether you have been newly diagnosed or have been taking care of your diabetes for many years, it can be stressful. Diabetes is when your body is unable to produce enough or properly use insulin and metabolize the sugar in your blood. You need to think about everything you eat, when you eat it, and how it will affect your blood sugar. One way to help you manage your life with diabetes is by using massage therapy on a regular basis. Here are just a few of the benefits you will experience.
When your blood sugar levels fluctuate, it can strain the different body systems. In addition, you may be worried about what is going on in your body, causing anxiety at work and in your relationships. Massage therapy can put you into a relaxed state for a while, allowing you to get some rest and clear your mind of any worries. This will also reduce the production of the stress hormones that can cause a rise in your blood sugar levels.
A good massage increases the circulation of blood, increasing the amount of oxygen being transported throughout your body. It also helps get more nutrients to the cells in your body. This keeps your cells healthy so they can properly and more efficiently absorb insulin. In addition, uncontrolled diabetes can cause diabetic neuropathy or nerve damage. When there is an increase in blood flow, it helps to keep the nerves healthy and functioning too. Keeping your nerves healthy is especially important to a diabetic. Without proper circulation and the loss of feeling in your feet due to damaged nerves, you will not be able to feel if you have a cut or open sore on the bottom of your foot. The lack of blood flow as well as an untreated sore can lead to gangrene are the reasons many diabetics need a foot amputation when their blood sugar remains uncontrolled for many years.
Muscles and Movement
High blood sugar can cause connective tissues, such as ligaments and tendons, and muscle tissue to thicken. This will limit your mobility. Massage therapy helps to keep these tissues flexible. In addition, the pain and anxiety from the inflamed and tight muscles can cause stress and an increase in blood sugar.
Diabetes is a lifelong disease. You need to be constantly aware of everything you eat and drink. When first diagnosed, the knowledge you need to keep your blood sugar under control can be overwhelming. Massage therapy offers many benefits that can help as you take control of your blood sugar and life. For more information, contact Bakke Chiropractic Clinic SC or a similar location.