Massage and Diabetes........

Monday, November 03, 2014 By Clara Schneider MS, RD, RN, CDE, LDN.

Comfort, relaxation, may makes one think inter alia of massage. Question: is this also okay for those with diabetes? For many people with diabetes this is true.

Some diabetics report after massage a drop in blood glucose of 20-40 mg/dl. The pleasures of massage may cause a decrease in hormones that are related to stress and anxiety which may cause this significant drop in blood glucose levels.

Therapeutic massage will increase blood circulation. This may help with increasing the efficiency of insulin which will help decrease blood glucose levels. Therapeutic massage may be beneficial for people with diabetic neuropathy.

For diabetics massage may ease problems with range of motion and increase flexibility. It may also help to decrease muscle tension and blood pressure.

Points to consider for a healthy massage

Consult only a licensed or certified massage therapist. Ask to see their certificate from the state to ensure they are licensed.
Tell your massage therapist you have diabetes and the special concerns you have. Your therapist should be educated in skills of working with people who have diabetes.

Do you have healthy skin? Do you have any wounds or fragile skin? If your skin is delicate massage may not be a good idea for you.

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Thanks for liking my comment Satya Pal ji. more  
A massage is a new term brought in by the recent 'researches' in 'modern' medical system. It is a part of our ancient culture to get a regular oil massage before bath every day. And this was termed as ' Abhyangan Snan' . This process not only improves blood circulation, gives a massage to all the muscles and prevents blocking of peripheral capillaries of blood vessels besides stimulating nerve endings. A lot of calories are also burnt in this process and a hot bath after this process refreshes the person beyond description! Every body should do this process if not daily at least a couple of times in a week. more  
A very good observation to reduce blood sugar. However Massage can be obtained by only engaging messieurs . Other wise change your life style and food habits . Go out for brisk morning walk / and do some exercises. more  
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