Massage Benefits for Diabetic Patients

There are five key benefits of massage therapy to the diabetic client.

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Increasing circulation, relaxation, positive myofascial effects, relieving scar tissue at injection sites and diminishing the effects of neuropathy are all positive benefits to the diabetic client that will assist this individual in living a normal, healthy life.

  1. Increased circulation tends to encourage cellular intake of glucose and improve insulin utilization. This benefit is expected; however, a diabetic client should check glucose levels an hour or two after receiving a massage to witness how his glucose levels have been altered.
  1. Relaxation is a great benefit to the diabetic client. The physical and mental stresses of having chronic disease may take a toll upon the entire body, yet calming the nervous system can bring ease to the client, allowing her body to better restore harmonic organ balance.
  1. Positive myofascial effects to the diabetic client will include increased mobility and enhanced tissue elasticity. Both of these effects will allow the client to avoid a sedentary lifestyle that often sets in upon depression associated with his condition.
  1. Friction and scar removal techniques over chronic injection sites can relieve pain and dysfunction associated with these regions. The chronic buildup of scar tissue can thicken tissue to an extent that severely limits mobility. Relieving these regions will restore mobility even further.
  1. Massage and reflexology at the areas featuring neuropathies may help restore nerve functionality and sensation. A lack of nerve functionality brings a host of other concerns for allopathic practitioners; therefore, the improving sensation will help a client remain on a proper clinical course of treatment.


Information presented in this article is not intended to replace advice from a medical professional.

The Spa at the Glen in Brea California offers custom massage and your massage therapist will consult with you to determine the best massage treatment for you. If you have health concerns please consult your physician for the potential massage benefits to your overall health.

This is an excerpt from a post by Jimmy Gialelis, L.M.T., B.C.T.M.B., is owner of Advanced Massage Arts & Education in Tempe, Arizona. The full original post can be read at Massage Magazine.