Most people are aware of the “feels good” benefits of massage therapy, but there are many clinical applications of massage therapy as well. Diabetes is one such condition that we see often, especially because so many Americans are affected by it. Some statistics are as follows, per healthline:
- 1 million people in the United States have diabetes, 8.1 million of whom may be undiagnosed and unaware of their condition.
- In adults 20 and older, more than one in every 10 people suffers from diabetes, and in seniors (65 and older), that figure rises to more than one in four.
- 7 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in U.S. adults in 2012, and the prevalence of type 2 diabetes is on the rise.
- Cases of diagnosed diabetes cost the United States an estimated $245 billion in 2012
In diabetes, the blood sugar (glucose) levels are very high due to the imbalance in the secretion or utilization of the hormone insulin. Insulin is produced by the pancreas to help glucose enter the cells. This has the dual effect of providing usable energy as well as balancing blood sugar.
The devastating effects this can have include: higher risk of heart attack, strokes, vision problems, nerve and limb pain, as well as elevated cholesterol and blood pressure.
Some of the positive effects of massage include:
- Improving blood circulation – insulin is better able to be utilized
- Improves lymph flow and removes toxins
- Tones down overactive nervous system – reduces stress hormones present
- Improves flexibility and mobility of the joints and tissues (joints are stiffer in diabetics)
It is easy to see why we get such great results. If you or someone you know has diabetes, do not overlook this valuable service. If you or someone you know is unsure whether or not you have diabetes, we can order tests for that and provide proper management strategies as well. Yes, living with diabetes can make life a bit more challenging. Let us help make it easier for you.