Did you know that diabetes affects almost 10% of the population? Diabetes is a frustrating condition for many as it can completely alter their day-to-day living. Every bite of food and any physical activity have to be taken into account in order to attempt to control the condition.
Basically, diabetes affects insulin in the body and this is what regulates blood sugar levels so that our cells can function properly. In simple terms, there are two primary forms of Diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2.
Type 1 Diabetes is generally diagnosed in childhood as the result of the body’s inability to produce insulin. These patients require supplemental insulin.
Type 2 on the other hand, can develop at any age and is the result of the body ineffectively using insulin. This does require supplemental insulin, but can be controlled with proper diet and exercise. However, if not controlled, Type 2 can turn into Type 1.
There are also many complications that are associated with diabetes, including heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, vision problems, nerve damage, and depression.
While Diabetes can restrict your life, having a ‘Traditional Thai Massage’ is not one of them as generally speaking, it is perfectly safe for a diabetic.
It is however important to tell your Massage Therapist that you are diabetic, how it is being managed and how your recent health has been. It is also important to note that Massage can alter your blood glucose level considerably and it may take a few sessions to get a clear idea of how your body responds. If you bear this in mind, it will help you moving forward with regular sessions, so that you know when you should eat or take your insulin in relation to when you receive your Massage.
If you are suffering from diabetic neuropathy (damage to the small nerves of the hands and feet), you must tell your Massage Therapist what your current symptoms are as this varies from person to person. Throughout your session it is important to keep speaking to your therapist so that they can adjust the pressure and techniques accordingly.
Traditional Thai Massage Therapy can do wonders to help with many of the symptoms and side effects of diabetes. Whether you are dealing with neuropathy, circulation issues, depression or merely just want to relax, a Traditional Thai Massage may well help. Just make sure you keep an open line of communication with your Therapist and keep them updated with any changes that happen along the way.
This will not only keep you safe, but it will make your experience as enjoyable as possible.
Posted by Noi McIntyre on September 20, 2019