Beating Diabetes Requires More Than Insulin. Physical Therapy Can Help.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that currently affects more than 34 million adults in the United States alone. In addition to making it difficult for individuals to regulate their blood sugar, diabetes can cause a variety of physical complications that can negatively affect a person’s quality of life, including:
- Limited mobility in the hands and feet
- Decreased tolerance for physical activity
- Weakness and chronic physical pain
- Increased chance of experiencing heart disease, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, and other complications
In addition to proper diet and regular medical attention, physical therapy can play a critical role in helping people manage their diabetes and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. A licensed physical therapist can work with you to create a personalized plan that helps you:
- Improve your mobility and flexibility: They can help you stretch your muscles and improve your range of motion over time so that you feel more comfortable when engaging in physical activity.
- Help you build strength and endurance: They can help you regain energy and improve your strength over time.
- Treat chronic pain: They can treat any pain triggers and use a variety of treatments to help you manage your pain.
- Treat and prevent sores: They can help you practice proper wound care and advise you on how to prevent sores from developing in the future.
- Exercise at home. They will teach you aerobic exercises to perform on your own at home. Your exercise program will be specific for your needs. Doing these exercises as prescribed can speed your recovery.
- Improve daily living and work activities. Your physical therapist will discuss your activity goals with you and use them to set your recovery goals. Your treatment program will help you reach your goals in the safest, fastest, and most effective way possible.
Maintaining an active lifestyle can help you improve your health and manage your diabetes. If you’d like more information about working with a physical therapist to develop an exercise program that is right for you, please contact McKenzie Sports Physical Therapy.