Massage Therapy For Diabetics
Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics can all benefit from the relaxing
effects of professional massage therapy. Everyone knows that living
with diabetes involves a certain amount of stress. Because the
human body is designed to respond to stress with a fight-or-flight
response, stress tends to raise blood sugar levels.
Massage is useful in relieving stress, even for non-diabetics.
It lowers the heart rate and blood pressure while relaxing muscles
and increasing endorphins, all of which results in a sense of
Circulation and Neuropathy
Many diabetics have poor circulation, and various types of
massage therapy are known for promoting increased circulation.
Relaxation Massage, Deep Muscle Therapy and Hot Stone Envy™ are
particularly effective in that area. Regular massage helps move
blood through congested areas of the body, flushing lactic acid
from your muscles and enabling more oxygen-rich blood to flow
Neuropathy is another possible side effect of diabetes, and
massage has proven helpful in triggering an endorphin release that
raises your pain threshold. Trigger Point Therapy and Sports
Massage release serotonin and oxytocin in your body, which can
relieve chronic pain.
Blood Sugar Awareness
Dr. Ruchi Mathur, M.D., of the American Association of Clinical
Endocrinologist, recommends taking precautions to avoid
hypoglycemia during a massage. Of course that's a good policy
during any activity, from driving to swimming, but it's especially
important during massage therapy - because deeply restful
relaxation might make symptoms of an insulin reaction easier to
Make sure to tell your professional Massage Envy therapist about
the possibility of hypoglycemia, and how you handle it (with
glucose tablets, a soft drink, or some other preferred method).
Then be sure to check your blood sugar before leaving the clinic,
so you can relax and enjoy the calming effect of your relaxing