Is it safe to have a massage if you have diabetes?
In this series of blog posts I am looking at various conditions and if massage can affect them. (Read my earlier post about skin here)
In the UK around 6% of the population have Type 2 diabetes (the most common type) and according to Diabetes UK this number is rising.
It is safe to have massage if you have Diabetes (type 1 or type 2) but there are a couple of things we need to take into account.
what is diabetes?
Diabetes happens when the body is not able to control the blood sugar levels.
Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in childhood – the body is unable to produce insulin. It is treated with injected insulin.
Type 2 diabetes can happen at any age and is due to the body not responding to insulin as it should do. This is usually controlled with diet, exercise and possibly medication.
Unfortunately diabetes increases the risk of other health conditions such as heart disease, vision problems or nerve damage.
diabetes and massage
Usually massage is fine for people with Diabetes but there are a couple of things to take care with:
- Blood sugar – massage can lower blood sugar so eat a small meal before or bring a snack to eat after in case you need it
- Peripheral neuropathy – if you have neuropathy (nerve damage in the feet and hands) let me know. Tell me if you need me to use firmer or lighter pressure when treating affected areas.
Many diabetics find massage really helpful to ease the discomfort of neuropathy and also find it helps relieve muscular pain which allows them to rely less on painkillers.
about anna from relax therapies
I founded Relax Therapies in 2015 after a career in HR.
My mission is to help as many people as possible experience the benefits of massage. I undertake regular training in order to keep my skills up to date so I can safely adapt treatments for all client groups.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me