Massage and Diabetes Mellitus

06 July 2022

Soft tissue therapy and massage can improve circulation, which is helpful to diabetics as many people with the condition have poor circulation. Massage will help blood move through the body, particularly where areas have become congested, and deliver much required oxygen and nutrients to the body's cells which in turn can help cells use insulin more effectively.

Excess fluid that may have built up in the extremities can be flushed out by improved circulation, reducing the risk of the skin inflammation stasis dermatitis and ulcers. Toxins and lactic acid can also then be flushed as massage will stimulate the lymphatic system.

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Many diabetics live with a degree of stress which can consequently raise blood sugar levels and massage can be a great stress and anxiety reliever. Soft tissue therapy is capable of lowering blood sugar levels which reduces the risk of hypoglycemic episodes. Relaxing the muscles can lower heart rate and blood pressure and increase endorphins. Muscles, tendons and ligaments can often be thicker or stiffer than normal due to higher levels of blood sugar but massage can improve flexibility and joint mobility by manually manipulating the tissues, lengthening and stretching them.

As many diabetics suffer with symptoms of diabetic neuropathy, both in type 1 and type 2, massage can help reduce pain, numbness and tingling, amongst other effects. Endorphins, serotonin and oxytocin can be released during massage which can help the body's ability to cope with pain is improved, raising the pain threshold which is especially beneficial with chronic pain.

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Author: Cross Massage Therapy